Barber Wilsons Polished Brass Finish
The polished brass finish from Barber Wilsons is an un-lacquered “living brass finish” that is initially highly polished. If left unpolished, it will age with time, creating an authentic patinated antique brass appearance. This effect is often referred to as patination, a thin layer that forms on the surface of the brass and is produced by the copper element within the brass oxidising over time through exposure to the air. This is very similar to how copper pipes, if left unpolished, create their own patina, often with aspects of the colour green.
As the products in this finish are un-lacquered, you have a choice of how to manage the brass finish - you can polish the tap following the manufacturer guidelines to maintain the original polished finish, or let the product age with time, creating its own individual patina.