Ugly Bright Yellow Gold Sliding Door Handle Plating

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Old 09-18-08, 10:48 AM
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Question Ugly Bright Yellow Gold Sliding Door Handle Plating

I just had a new vinyl replacement sliding door installed. Yes I could do-it-myself, but instead of wasting a whole Saturday with the chore I elected to have it done. The handle that came with the door is a very bright yellow gold plating. Is there anyway that I can cause it to tarnish in order to reduce the brightness. It looks really cheap the way it is. I have no idea what type of door it is, but it has an exterior key lock (which is required).

Any thoughts would be great.

Doug
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Old 09-20-08, 06:27 PM
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Never done that one myself. Deteriorating finishes is usually a problem in our field.

I googled "antiquing bright brass" and found several suggestions. Not sure how good they would work for you. There are also companies that offer hardware restoration.

Many manufacturers put a protective coating on the hardware to protect the finish.

Have you checked with the installer to see if other finishes are available? If so he might exchange it to have a happy customer. Or, if you ruin the hardware trying to tone it down then you could at least buy a new one.
 
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