The 6 most common finishes are shown here.

All Finishes have two designations, the US Finish name (in blue) and the BHMA name (in orange). The names are interchangeable as they mean the same thing.

Hardware finishes are typically applied to brass, steel, aluminum or some combination of several metals through a plating process. The quality of the finish is the result of the base metal used . Brass accepts finishes the best but is also the most expensive. The least expensive metal, aluminum, yields a poor quality finish. There is always a trade-off between cost and quality when dealing with finishes.

The most durable finishes are US26D Satin Chrome and US10 Satin Bronze. These are brushed finishes which hide scratches best.

Door Closer finishes are different than hinges and locks in that they receive a sprayed finish to a cast aluminum body and a cover made from either aluminum or plastic. Aluminum covers are often powder coated for a more durable finish.

As a result their finish designations are different.

Color ChipDesignationBHMA
AL - Aluminum689
DKBRZ - Dark Bronze695
LTBRZ - Light Bronze691
STAT - Statuary Bronze690
BRASS - Brass696
BLK - Black693