In our diligent pursuit of recreating the authentic heritage renovation we even went right back to refurbishing the door hardware. Unfortunately I didn’t quite have the presence of mind (my boss is going to kill me) to take a before pic but I’ve got a couple of great after ones coming up (how exciting can a door handle really be?). Suffice to say the handles look rubbish – dirty, wonky and covered in paint. This is now what we have:
Look at those things – great eh? They were first dipped in a caustic acid tank for 2 hours, then put in’The Jiggler’, a machine that runs your item through a vat of metal pellets that are shaped like flying saucers. We then lubricated the locks with a dry graphite lube and sprayed the hinges a ‘bronze russet’ colour. Russet bronze is all the craze in the UK apparently. That’s our little spray booth in the last pic. We even sprayed the 80 yr old slot head screws.