How to Care For Hand-Forged Ironmongery

Traditional hand-forged ironmongery products are made from mild steel and will rust when explosed to the elements. We offer a range of black and pewter hand forged products for interior use only, as well as a range of black ironmongery with a unique Armor-Coat®suitable for external use.

Read on for more information about how to care for your hand forged furniture and which products are suitable for external use.

hand forged furniture, Gothic Latch Black Beeswax



Black Beeswax Ironmongery

Our range of black hand forged door products are coated with a black passivate finish and a layer of natural beeswax. Beeswax has been used for hundreds of years for protection from rusting during storage. This does not, however, offer protection against rain or other weather conditions, and therefore these products are not suitable for exterior use.

hand forged furniture, T Hinge Black Beeswax

What Is Passivation?

In order to protect the surface of certain metals from the decaying nature of rust, a technique called passivation is often used. This technique renders the surface "passive" so that a protective layer, such as a metal oxide, can be applied.

Caring for your Hand-Forged Black Ironmongery

Natural beeswax is sticky and can mark soft furnishing and wooden surfaces. Ideally it is best to remove excess beeswax before fitting.

Arrow End T Hinge Black Beeswax

How To Remove Excess Beeswax

  • Unbox your item and make sure all parts are included.
  • Give a light spray of a mild solvent, no stronger than WD40.
  • Using a soft natural fabric cloth, buff to remove excess beeswax.
  • For ongoing maintenance and to prevent any rust spots caused by damage to the black coating, use beeswax and buff with a soft cloth.

Hand Forged Hinge Care

Alternatively, if you want to remove the beeswax coating entirely, please take a look at our helpful Video Guide, where Carl will explain how to do this.



Pewter Finish Ironmongery

Our Pewter finish products offer a wonderful rustic alternative to the more traditional black finish. Pewter is a great choice for contemporary interiors.

Hand Forged Cottage Latch Pewter Finish

The pewter products have been lightly oiled and do not have a beeswax coating. Prior to installation we advise wiping with a soft cloth. The pewter finish does not need any ongoing maintenance, however the hinges may benefit from an occassional treatment of light oil in the moving parts.



Hand Forged Ironmongery For Exterior Use

Due to the risks of rusting and damage from the elements, hand forged ironmongery can only be used externally if it has been treated with a special UV and rust resistant coating.

Stonebridge Ironmongery Thumb Latch

Our Stonebridge Ironmongery Collection has a unique Armor-Coat® which is specifially designed for external use. Independent testing has awarded this finish BS EN 1670:2007 Grade 5 - the highest anti-corrosion level for steel-based hardware in the industry. This range of hand forged ironmongery needs little ongoing maintenance, however please be aware that if the coating is chipped or damaged, rust spots will appear. If this should happen, you can treat the rust spot with a cotton cloth soaked in oil, remove any rust flakes, before applying a matt black metal paint such as Hammerite.

For further information about the Stonebridge Ironmongery products, including their accreditation for Accoya® wood, please see our blog article HERE.


We hope you found this helpful. For further information about hand forged and cast iron door and window furniture please see our Ironmonger's Journal.