We are one of the most recognised and established brass finishers in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands area. With over three decades of industry experience and long-established professional contacts, we have finely honed our skills and now offer a vast range of finishes for both solid and plated brass items. Specialising in bronzing and antiquing for brass in particular, we have a passion for transforming old to new and new to old alike. No matter the finish you are looking for, we can achieve great results at competitive prices. Contact us today for a free no-obligation quotation, or to discuss your requirements.
Unique Brass Finishes was born in 2012 after inadvertently discovering a skill for bronzing after a request from one of the Royal Ordinance factories. Our work proved a real hit and lead us to experiment with various colours and finishes and so a team was assembled to roll our work out into the finishing trade. Soon, we were supplying The Sash Window Workshop, AH Brass and the word began to spread. Today, our small, independent company with humble beginnings works with many largescale manufacturers, including Simonswerk, Frank Allarts, Croft, Carlise Brass and many others.
We provide chrome, gold, copper, nickel and, of course, brass electroplating via our sister business, The Electroplating Company. Following plating, your brass items can have your preferred finish applied.
Solid brass products are treated with a long-lasting lacquer that delivers a satin sheen and should look flawless for many years. Alternatively, we can provide unlacquered and waxed satin finishes for brass, though these will oxidise over time.
Initially, brass items will be highly polished, after which they are skilfully hand-burnished and distressed. The result is an old, aged, weather-beaten effect feels authentic and lends itself to period pieces. This can then be lacquered for longevity or waxed for installation; though this again provides a living finish, and so will oxidise over time.
Brushed brass provides a slightly textured result where lines are visible intentionally to give a rustic, worn effect. This process is commonly used for metal antiquing and bronzing. Any method of finish gives a stylish old-world finish, and as it is a living finish, it will lighten with use and darken with infrequent handling.
We see a wide variety of items here at Unique Brass Finishes, from knockers, hinges, and letterboxes, to incredible antiques. As specialists in brass plating, polishing and finishing our customers feel confident bringing items to us, regardless of age, value or size. Available for both one-off treatments and batch finishing for commercial and industrial clients, no challenge is too big for our experienced team.
Some brass finishes are referred to as ‘living’, which means they will develop over time. The result is a rustic patina, typically lighter with frequent use or darker without regular handling. This is due to oxidisation, a chemical reaction between the metal and the oxygen in the air.
There are a number of products available designed for cleaning tarnished brass. Also, several natural remedies using varying combinations of lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda or salt are popular. Alternatively, as a preventative measure, a stove or air-dried lacquer treatment provides a protective layer and prolongs lustre. You can speak to our team for specific, tailored advice on the best aftercare for your item.
Yes! We, along with our sister companies, offer a broad range of metal finishing for chrome, gold, nickel, and copper in particular. Also, polishing services can be extended to include many other metals and materials.
For brass finishers in Birmingham, look no further than Unique Brass Finishes today.