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Finish

Can drain openers cause damage to finishes?

In most cases, the finish is safe if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and make sure the drain cleaner isn’t left on the finish for longer than 30 minutes.

Can I get a particular faucet in a different finish than what is available at the store?

Many stores can order Delta® faucets that are not stocked or displayed in the store. Ask the plumbing department manager or store manager for assistance with Delta special order.

You also can preview a large assortment of Delta models in many finishes in the Online Catalog.

What are the various finishes that are available for Delta products?

The finishes available vary from product to product, so not all products are available in all finishes. The Product Catalog section of our website will allow you to select a product, see what finishes are available for that product, and actually view the product in each of those finishes. Other than chrome, each finish has a two-letter suffix in the faucet model number. A summary of finishes and their two-letter suffix is below:

Current Finishes


Aged Pewter - PT
Aged Pewter


Arctic Stainless - AR
Arctic Stainless


Black - BL
Black A glossy black powder coated finish


Bright Stainless Steel - ST
Bright Stainless Steel Shiny stainless steel; Chrome-like in appearance but not plated


Brilliance® Stainless - SS
Brilliance Stainless A brushed finish with a stainless steel appearance. This is produced using Delta's Brilliance finishing process, making it an extremely durable finish that won't corrode, tarnish or discolor.


Brilliance® Polished Brass - PB
Brilliance Polished Brass A shiny, polished brass appearance. This is produced using Delta's Brilliance finishing process, making it an extremely durable finish that won't corrode, tarnish or discolor.


Brushed Nickel - BN
Brushed Nickel


Chrome and Brilliance® Polished Brass - CB
Chrome and Brilliance Polished Brass A product produced in a split finish with some components in Chrome and some in Brilliance® Polished Brass. Brilliance® Polished Brass is produced using Delta's Brilliance finishing process, making it an extremely durable finish that won't corrode, tarnish or discolor.


Champagne Bronze - CZ
Champagne Bronze


Chrome - No suffix
Chrome Chrome models do not have a finish suffix


Oil Rubbed Bronze - OB
Oil Rubbed Bronze A natural, unprotected finish. It is dark bronze in color with a muted brushed finish. It is similar in appearance to our Venetian Bronze finish.


Peened Stainless Steel - PS
Peened Stainless Steel Similar to Brushed Stainless Steel finish, but matte textured center area instead of brushed


Stainless and Cracked Pepper Finish - SB
Stainless and Cracked Pepper Finish


Stainless and Chili Pepper Finish - SR
Stainless and Chili Pepper Finish


Stainless and Snowflake White Finish - SW
Stainless and Snowflake White Finish


Venetian Bronze - RB
Venetian Bronze Venetian Bronze is a powder coated finish. It is dark bronze in color with a muted brushed finish. Venetian Bronze is similar to Rubbed Bronze found in hardware items.


White - WH
WhiteWhite powder coated finish

Discontinued Finishes


Brilliance® Pearl Nickel /Brilliance® Polished Brass - NP
Brilliance Pearl Nickel Brilliance Polished Brass A product produced in a split finish with some components in Brilliance® Pearl Nickel and some in Brilliance® Polished Brass. This is produced using Delta's Brilliance finishing process, making it an extremely durable finish that won't corrode, tarnish or discolor.


Brilliance® Pearl Nickel - NN
Brilliance Pearl Nickel A dull or matte nickel appearance finish. This is produced using Delta's Brilliance finishing process, making it an extremely durable finish that won't corrode, tarnish or discolor.


Brilliance® Pearl Nickel /Chrome - NC
Brilliance Pearl Nickel Chrome A product produced in a split finish with some components in Brilliance® Pearl Nickel and some in Chrome. Brilliance® Pearl Nickel is produced using Delta's Brilliance finishing process, making it an extremely durable finish that won't corrode, tarnish or discolor.


Brilliance® Polished Nickel - PN
Brilliance Polished Nickel A warm slightly darker, richer finish than chrome. This is produced using Delta's Brilliance finishing process, making it an extremely durable finish that won't corrode, tarnish or discolor.


Matte Chrome - MC
Matte Chrome Dull or matte chrome finish appearance.


Biscuit - BS
Biscuit Biscuit powder coated finish. Biscuit is a warm, off-white finish often found on appliances

What is a Brilliance® finish?

Brilliance® finishes, designed to not corrode, tarnish or discolor for a “like-new” look for life, are developed by embedding molecules deep into the faucet’s surface, creating a bond that is virtually indestructible. This process is known as Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD). Delta was the first manufacturer to offer this patented process that creates a bond that's virtually indestructible with an incredibly reflective shine. Brilliance resists abrasions and discoloration better than traditional special finishes and, in many cases, better than chrome.

In independent tests using the harshest drain cleaners, the Delta Brilliance drain retained its appearance, while its competitors did not come close. Tested with over 100 household cleaners, the abrasion resistance of the Brilliance finish can even withstand repeated scouring with steel wool. A Brilliance finish is guaranteed not to corrode, tarnish or discolor for as long as you own your home. It can even withstand prolonged exposure to harsh coastal environments.

Learn more about the Brilliance Anti-Tarnish Finish process.

What makes a Brilliance® finish unique?

Delta's Brilliance® finishes are more durable than traditional clear coating. These beautiful finishes, which give your home an instant decorator look, won't corrode, tarnish or discolor. They are designed to look like new for life. The finish was tested against more than 100 common household cleaners. Brilliance will even withstand prolonged exposure to hard water or sea air.

Why do I have pin holes in my spout?

Pin holes in a Delta faucet spout are usually caused by "dezincification," which is the removal of zinc from the brass due to salt solutions, brackish water, mildly acidic solutions and poorly grounded plumbing systems. When the zinc is removed, the copper is redeposited to these areas and the surface of the part. The redeposited copper is a weak mass that is porous and fragile.

If this has happened, you will need to replace the spout. To determine the spout part number for your faucet model, contact your Delta plumber or showroom, or e-mail us.

Why is my Polished Brass tarnishing or peeling?

Traditional Polished Brass finishes were coated with a clear coating to inhibit tarnish. Over time, this clear coat can be broken or scratched with regular wear and tear, abuse or chemical attack, causing the finish to tarnish or the coating to peel. Unfortunately, it's not possible to repair the clear coat so you will need to replace any parts of your faucet that are tarnished or badly scratched.

Why is the finish deteriorating on my faucet's spout, handles and aerator?

Normally, finish deterioration is due to years of wear and tear, abuse or chemical attack. There is no repair once the finish is damaged, however you can replace many of common faucet parts where the finish deterioration is most noticeable.

To determine the parts you need, contact your Delta plumber or showroom. You can e-mail us for assistance, or call 1-800-345-DELTA (3358).

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Bronze finish

How well does the Cassidy Venetian Bronze finish match a Kinetico Reverse Osmosis faucet?
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Hi Lynda, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately we do not offer any comparisons or cross reference material to other brands finishes.
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My new Delta chrome kitchen faucet

Dear Delta,
I just ordered a new kitchen faucet from you in a chrome finish. It's an extremely nice product but much shinier than I expected and doesn't quite fit into the rest of the kitchen.
Is there a way to make the chrome finish more dull? Should I have ordered Arctic Steel?
Oh dear.
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Hi Annalyn, Thank you for your question. We would not recommend altering the finish on the chrome faucet. The Arctic stainless finish may be the better choice for you since the finish is brushed and not glossy. The finish is made to coordinate with todays stainless steel appliances.
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Hi DJ, Thank you for your question. The Delta (SS) brilliance stainless finish is a close, but not exact match to the Brizo (BN) brushed nickel finish. The brushed nickel has a slighty more yellow tone to it.
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I have a b112900 shower trim in crome, is there a stainless version?

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Hi Sean, Thank you for your question. The B112900 is only offered in chrome. There is not a stainless version available.
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Is the Artic Stainless spot resistant?

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Hi Amy, Thank you for your question. The Arctic Stainless finish is not considered spot resistant.
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Thank you!
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Hi nkblack, Thank you for your question. The Brizo (SS) brilliance stainless finish and the (NK) luxe nickel finish will match the Delta (SS) brilliance stainless finish.
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Matching Delta Finishes

I have the Delta Lahara faucet in Brilliance Stainless and need to match grab bars to the finish. The Delta grab bars we selected are satin nickel - is there a significant difference in color between these? They look very close in photos but hard to tell..
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Hi InspiredAshley, Thank you for your question. There is not a significant difference in color between the faucets (SS) brilliance stainless finish and the towel bars (SN) satin nickel finish.
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Will peerless roman tub faucets fit on the Delta valves?

We are updating our bathroom. Currently we have a whirlpool roman tub with delta faucets. We will be replacing the tub and tub deck but would like to keep the existing plumbing. Will Peerless faucets fit on the valves / rough-in or will need to replumb?

We will have a professional doing the work, but we want to be sure he has all the materials he needs.
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Hi Lee, Thank you for your question. As a general rule if the set screw on your current roman tub spout is located on the back of the spout the new trims should work with your existing rough. The Peerless trims do work with the Delta roughs.
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brushed nickel

Brushed Nickel is a common color in the industry. I have light fixtures in Brushed Nickel, cabinet door handles in brushed nickel and door knobs in brushed nickel. Why doesn't Delta Faucets simply make brushed nickel finish to match the industry? I would prefer to buy Delta vs. Moen. However, when brushed nickel is not a color offered by Delta, i feel very, very stuck :(
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Hi mjh, Thank you for your question. Our brilliance stainless(SS) finish is a brushed finish that is similar to other brands brushed nickel finishes.
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Because of the ceiling height we can't use the 16" arm that came with the shower head. I need to find out if the Delta RP46870SS Brilliance Stainless 16" wall mounted arm will match the stainless finish of the T171497-SS.
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Hi MCL, Thank you for your question. The brilliance stainless finishes on the T17T497-SS and the RP46870SS will match.
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