Finish Care Info

Aged Brass: Brass is an alloy made of copper and zinc, and the malleability and durability of brass have made it a popular material for thousands of years. Our brass sheeting, also known as yellow brass is one of the most popular of the brass alloys today. It offers good oxidation resistance to many corrosive chemicals and durability in most interior environments. As an alloy, brass is a relatively soft material and dings, hammer marks, some pitting, and variations in color are to be expected and are not to be considered damages or defects. Oxidation may occur over time and will appear as black marks and the color may darken. These perfect imperfections enhance the beauty of our brasswrapped furniture. Do not use any abrasive, chemical or corrosive cleaner, including harsh detergent and window cleaner on brass. The best method to clean dust is to frequently wipe it with a dry 100% cotton microfiber cloth. Debris and food stains may be removed by using a slightly damp cloth and gentle pressure to remove particles. Always thoroughly dry the area with a 100% cotton cloth after cleaning. Following these simple guidelines will help preserve brass for many years of enjoyment.

Colourist Collection: The Colourist Collection uses a catalyzed lacquer that provides a very dense surface, often compared to an automotive finish. While no finish is 100% scratch resistant, and high-gloss finishes are more prone to visible scratches, the lacquer we use is very durable and surface scratches can easily be buffed and waxed. We typically apply 7-8 color coats to give our Colourist pieces an enviable sheen and depth. In addition, the pieces available in the Colourist Collection have all been specially fabricated in MDF to provide a smooth surface and eliminate the expansion and contraction that is common with wood furniture. Lacquer finishes have been used on furniture for hundreds of years. While the techniques and formulas have changed over the course of history, modern lacquer is perhaps more durable and certainly just as beautiful. While nothing lasts forever, with proper care and maintenance your new Colourist Collection piece will last for many years to come. Everyday dusting is best done with a clean 100% cotton cloth. This includes chamois, microfiber and piano cloth. Never use paper towels or anything else that could potentially scratch the surface. If excessive dust is present then slightly dampen the cloth before wiping the surface, but note that surface dust can scratch the lacquer when cleaned with a wiping motion. Be sure to thoroughly dry the area after using a damp cloth. Do not leave anything heavy, such as a lamp on top of your newly finished furniture for the first 30 days of use. Your new furniture is at 90% of its total strength as delivered, but it will continue to cure for a few weeks after it is installed. Feel free to use your furniture immediately after installed, but keep in mind that anything harder than your finish (glass, ceramic, or metal) will scratch it, especially during the first month. Plastic and rubber surfaces can “outgas” and etch into lacquer finishes. This is most likely with newer finishes, but can sometimes be an issue with fully cured finishes as well. For this reason we recommend that plastic and rubber be kept from long-term contact with any finish, lacquer or not. Following these guidelines will help preserve the finish for many years to come. Lacquer should be used and enjoyed with the understanding that almost any imperfection acquired over time may easily be buffed away by a knowledgeable furniture expert. So enjoy your Colourist Collection piece that was made especially for you and live with it in the way you would any fine wood furniture.

Scagliola: Scagliola looks like natural marble and is just as lustrous and durable, but it less expensive and can be formulated in a range of colors and textures. Scagliola is a composite material made from marble chips, selenite (the crystalline form of gypsum) plaster and pigment. The technique was developed in ancient Rome and was revived in the 17th and 18th century, particularly in Florence. Scagliola requires minimal maintenance and should be cleaned regularly with a soft, dry cloth. Cleaners and polishers should be avoided because they can cause discoloration. Carnauba Wax on a dry cloth may be applied every two to three years for protection. The composition of scagliola makes it a comparatively soft material that can be damaged by moisture. Therefore, as with any quality furniture, take care to avoid direct moisture and immediately blot any spills. Should a stain penetrate the surface of scagliola, try using a groomstick to lift the stain away. This is not always successful, but it is the best method. Groomstick can be found at most hardware stores and is a malleable, natural rubber product designed to lift soil, grime and particles of dirt from porous surfaces. If this is unsuccessful, the stain must be addressed by a professional marble conservator using mineral spirits. This method should only be attempted by a professional.