Bronze Door Maintenance
Bronze door maintenance
Urban Front metallic doorsets are available in various finishes including bronze, copper and silver bronze.
Our doors are first expertly crafted from hardwood. Then with the use of special liquid-metal technology, they’re coated to form a solid veneer of metal on the face of the wood.
The doors age and oxidise exactly as the metal used should over time. This maintenance section refers to bronze doors, but the advice applies to all of our metallic-coated doorsets.
Read on to learn more about the simple maintenance of these exquisitely finished doors.
Urban Front are specialists in creating and protecting metallic coated bronze doors
Below we will discuss more about our maintenance recommendations for our metallic coated doors. However, if you have identified any scratch damage to your door that has occurred over time, please refer this to our factory before any repair work is attempted.
We will be happy to send one of our specialists to examine any such damage and recommend a suitable repair technique. Please call our office on 01494 778 787 or contact us here to discuss this further.
How to protect coated liquid-metal bronze doors
There are two main ways in which we protect the finish on our metal coated doors.
Our primary recommendation is a coating of beeswax. Our skilled finishing operatives apply this to all of our finished doors (unless otherwise requested by customers).
Beeswax helps to prevent oxidation and enhances the door finish without detracting from the character of the metal. It also protects the surface from miscellaneous light markings - the most common being finger marks!
The second finishing treatment we recommend is the application of a lacquer. Lacquer forms a hard, impermeable coating which is extremely durable. It also prevents oxidation and does not show finger marks.
However, the application of a lacquer does tend to detract from the metal effect. Meaning that it can leave the surface looking more like a paint finish rather than a true metal.
If neither beeswax nor lacquer is used, the metal surface will naturally oxidise over time. This is also a popular choice with our clients!
Maintaining beeswax treated bronze doors
A beeswax finish will help to prevent oxidation and tarnishing of the true metal in the coating. However, it will not completely eliminate oxidation and must therefore be periodically maintained.
We recommend that the metallic coated door surface is re-treated regularly with an application of beeswax and re-polished with a clean, lint-free cloth.
The frequency of application depends on the traffic to which the surface is subjected. A door handle may require weekly polishing with Beeswax. Whereas the top of a cabinet may only need a re-waxing every three months or so.
If water is allowed to stand on a beeswax surface for any length of time, this will penetrate the wax coating and lead to advanced oxidisation. Spillages should be cleaned up immediately.
Again, any serious stain marks arising from un-cleaned spillages should be referred to our office for specialist advice.
Maintaining lacquer treated bronze doors
With normal use, a lacquer surface only needs regular cleaning and polishing in a similar manner to the treatment of a car bonnet.
If a light scratch occurs which only damages the top coat of the lacquer, this can be refinished using fine abrasive techniques. If the scratch penetrates the metal coating this can be refinished but does require specialist advice.
Water will generally not penetrate the lacquer surface layer.
Urban Front In-house maintenance of metallic coated bronze doors
Urban Front offers an aftercare service for the maintenance of our finished doors. If you would like a quotation for this service please call our office on 01494 778 787 or contact us here.
At Urban Front we dedicate our many years of design and production expertise to create the perfect entrance door for your home.
Contact our friendly staff today to discuss your individual door needs or browse our full ranges of luxury doors here.