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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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can trinsic 18 in towel bar in stainless be installed in a shower?

I want to use it to hang washcloths but am worried it may rust.
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Thank you for your question! Our towel bars can be installed in the shower.

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Hi Jan, Thank you for your question. Here is a link to the spec sheet for the Addison model 9192-DST.
http://www.deltafaucet.com/customer...
The spec sheet will give you the height and reach dimensions for the faucet among other measurements. The faucet can be installed and used on a single bowl stainless steel sink.
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what s the difference in quality between the brass and the zinc windemere bathroom towel rings, robe hooks, etc?
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The difference between a zinc base material and brass material will not affect the performance or look of the finished product.
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The difference between a zinc base material and brass material will not affect the performance or look of the finished product.

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Does the artic stainless match the current Elkay sink color?

I am remodeling my kitchen and have had and loved my Leland faucet which is a perfect match for my Elkay sink. I planned to purchase a new Elkay sink and am concerned about the color of the artic stainless. Will it match the sink? That is far more important than matching appliances a distance away.
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Hi Susan, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately we do not compare our faucet finishes to other product brands. If your existing Leland faucet has our (SS) brilliance stainless finish and was a perfect match to the sink the (AR) artic stainless finish is different. The arctic stainless is somewhat lighter in color than the brilliance stainless and has a blueish tint.
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Upgrade 1400 series to a different finish?

Hi I am looking to change all of the chrome on my tub/shower faucet. It is a delta 1400 series in chrome. Is there a kit that has brushed nickel or similar that will have everything I need?
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Hi Andy, Thank you for your question. Any of our current T13/T14 series trims in our brilliance stainless (SS) finish will work with your existing 1400 series rough in valve. The new trim will ship with a new cartridge that will not fit your existing rough. You will have to continue to use the existing cartridge or replace it with a new RP19804.
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Which finish on Kohler's duostrainer matches the Article Stainless?

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Hi Mab,

Thank you for your question. The Arctic Stainless finish has a bluish tone and more quickly closely matches the stainless steel appliances in the market today. We do not compare our finishes with our competitor's finishes so I would not know how it matches the Kohler finish.

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How close would the Delta Savile Stainless be to matching cabinet hardware?
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Hi Sam, Thank you for your question. The Delta (SS) brilliance stainless finish is a brushed finish similar to other brands brushed nickel.
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Does the Delta Cassidy Kitchen Faucet have PVD finish?

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Hi Louisa, Thank you for your question. Only the (CZ) champagne bronze finish on the Cassidy kitchen faucets would have a PVD finish.
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is brushed nickel the same as brilliance stainless?

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Hi Jenny, Thank you for your question. Our (SS) brilliance stainless finish is a brushed finish comparable to other brands brushed nickel.
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Does Delta offer a brushed nickel finish?

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Hi Sage, Thank you for your question. Our brilliance stainless (SS) finish is a brushed stainless finish that is comparable to other brands brushed nickel. We only offer a brushed nickel finish in our Windemere collection and select retail model faucets.
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