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FAQ - 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 orders.

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

Arctic Stainless - AR


A glossy finish with icy tones

Black - BL


Black A glossy black powder coated finish

Bright Stainless Steel - ST


Shiny stainless steel; Chrome-like in appearance but not plated

Brilliance® Stainless - SS


A neutral, low-gloss finish

Brilliance® Polished Brass - PB


A high-gloss, vibrant gold finish

Brilliance® Polished Nickel - PN


A high-gloss, pale gold finish

Brushed Nickel - BN


A warm, muted finish

Chrome and Brilliance® Polished Brass - CB


A high-gloss, bright finish

Champagne Bronze - CZ


A warm, muted gold finish

Chrome - No suffix


A cool, high-gloss finish

Chrome and Matte Black - CS


High-gloss Chrome and deep Matte Black split

Matte Black and Brushed Nickel
Muted Brushed Nickel and dark Matte Black split

Oil Rubbed Bronze - OB


A dark, muted finish with bronze highlights

Peened Stainless Steel - PS


Similar to Brushed Stainless Steel finish, but matte textured center area instead of brushed
Satin Nickel


A warm, low-gloss finish

SpotShield® Brushed Nickel - SP


A spot-resistant, warm, low-gloss finish

SpotShield® Brushed Nickel and Matte Black


Spot-resistant Brushed Nickel and Matte Black split

SpotShield® Stainless


A spot-resistant neutral, low-gloss finish

Stainless and Cracked Pepper Finish - SB


A neutral finish with cracked-pepper-black accents

Stainless and Chili Pepper Finish - SR


A neutral finish with chili-pepper-red accents

Stainless and Snowflake White Finish - SW


A neutral finish with snowflake white accents

Venetian Bronze - RB


A low-gloss, deeply warm finish with subdued highlights

White - WH


A low gloss, pristine white finish



A high-gloss Chrome and pristine white split

Discontinued Finishes

Aged Pewter - PT


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.

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 with an incredibly reflective shine. This process is known as Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD). Delta Faucet Company was the first manufacturer to offer this patented process. 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. The finish cannot be repaired once 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).