Traditional hand-forged ironmongery products need to be protected from rusting. There are a variety of process that modern ironmongery uses for rust protection.
Our range of hand-forged door furniture products are made from mild steel and given a black passivate finish.
What Is Passivation?
In order to protect the surface of certain metals from the decaying nature of rust, a technique called passivation is often used. This technique renders the surface "passive" so that a protective layer, such as a metal oxide, can be applied.
Caring for your Hand-Forged Black Ironmongery
Our collection of black Bolts, Pulls, Hinges, Nails and Latches are traditionally hand-forged with a black passivate finish. All items also have a natural beeswax coating. The beeswax is primarily to keep the item rust free during transit.
When your item arrives
After unpacking your new item wipe over with a soft cloth. Spray a mild solvent no stronger than WD40 and then buff with a cloth.
Not to be used outside
Due to the danger of rust, our black hand-forged items are not recommended for external use.
Alternatively the black hand-forged items could be sprayed or painted with black Hammerite. This is not advisable, however, if you live in a coastal area, where the risk of rust is too great.