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How to maintain our metallic finishes



Nickel heart door knocker

How do you look after Nickel? 


Our nickel finish has a bright, highly reflective silvery patina that is more akin to Chromium than to the brushed steel 'satin' nickel available elsewhere. To create this crisp, clean finish, we coat solid brass with a heavy plate of nickel and then a flash layer of chromium to ensure a long life. Its corrosion free qualities make it an ideal choice for bathrooms and outdoor use.

Our nickel finish is simply maintained by regularly wiping over with a slightly damp, soft cloth using a very mild soapy water solution. This will remove any grease spots or smudges on the product. For more persistent blemishes on your products, we suggest using a soft lint free cloth and a small amount of chrome polish.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer to refinish our lacquered, painted or nickel-plated finishes. The cost to remove the original finish is prohibitive as we have to send the item away to be stripped in an environmentally friendly manner.

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What is the best way to clean Polished Lacquer ?


To produce the lovely gunmetal grey colour of our Polished Lacqured products, we polish the steel then seal it with a high gloss clear lacquer to create a finish with great durability. However, this finish is not always suitable for outdoor use so please refer to individual product descriptions for more information.

We advise you clean all your Polished Lacquer items at least once or twice a year with a soft cloth. You can seal any chips and scratches in the lacquer itself with a high-quality natural beeswax. This keeps the product clean and weatherproof. Lacquers may deteriorate over time in exposed or damp conditions and regular waxing will prolong the life of the product.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer to refinish our lacquered, painted or nickel-plated finishes. The cost to remove the original finish is prohibitive as we have to send the item away to be stripped in an environmentally friendly manner.

Looking after polished lacquer
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Steel stable light

Natural environmental changes


Jim Lawrence has worked hard over the past 20 years to build up an international reputation for making classic, high quality lighting and ironmongery for your home. All our products are made using traditional metal working techniques and are hand finished to the very highest standards here at our Suffolk workshop.

While we do our utmost to make sure all our products reach you in perfect condition and we take pride in our ability to produce high quality items that will look good for a lifetime, they are all subject to natural environmental changes that will affect the way they look over time.

Fading or discolouration may that takes place due to oxidation, humidity, prolonged exposure to sunlight or salt air or other environmental conditions. Glass, iron, brass, and other natural materials will vary in tone, colour, character and texture as this is inherent in such materials.
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Wiring Club wall light

Rewiring service


£35 for a light with a single bulb holder and a further £15 for every additional bulb holder, e.g. a Double Cottage wall light would be £50. All lights will be fully disassembled, unwired and inspected.

We will then clean and rewire the light with new lamp holder and fresh seals and fully test it for safety and functionality before sending it back to you.
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If you would like more advice, or wish to discuss your requirements further, please call our friendly Customer Services team on 01473 828989 or send us an email.
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