About Our Sinks
Single Basin Smooth Apron Farmhouse Sink in Medium Copper
About the Living Finish
Our sink basins are not sealed. You can expect that the finish will change over time and with use. Large scale sink manufacturers that work in copper alloys often use coatings that protect the metal surface from environmental factors preventing the patina or oxidation of the finish.
However, any coatings (metal lacquers, PVD, powder coating and others) applied to a high-use surface like a sink basin or counter top will eventually wear out in a few years. Coatings tend to wear out unevenly, especially near wear the water runs. PVD & powder coating will start to separate from the sink in a large sheet. In addition, they are more difficult to apply to a larger surface area such as that of a sink and require a mass production manufacturing process. We don’t do this with our sinks.
Our copper alloy sinks are sold with basins unsealed, resulting in what is called a “living finish,” and with a “burnished” finish, this is without any applied patina. Patina, oxidation, tarnish or water marks can be removed with brass cleaner; we use Barkeeper’s Friend and a scouring pad to remove tarnish and patina, and take the burnished brass metal to a bare surface. However with a darker finish there would be an applied patina that would mimic the darkening that you get on copper alloys over time. That patina will wear off and change over time, and the end user can only scrub the remaining finish down to the bare metal and let the basin age and react to its environment.
Above: Texas Lightsmith Dark Brass Kitchen sink Living Finish possibilities. Right: Texas Lightsmith Oil Rubbed Bronze Bar Sink Living Finish possibilities. Right Lower: Texas Lightsmith Hammered Medium Nickel Silver Kitchen Sink Living Finish possibilities.
Living Finish cannot be predicted since there are so many environmental factors specific to your home and chemicals that may be exposed to the surface of your sink are the great unknown. Every finish application and environment is different. Some factors include but are certainly not limited to;
- Airborne salinity
- Oxygen content
- Cleaning products and various chemicals
- Water hardness