oil rubbed finish for bath fixture

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Ok SWMBO has decided that she wants to incorporate the oil rubbed finish into our bath remodel. Thats fine she found trim and fixtures that she likes! with one exception the shower. unless we want to spend three times as much on a custom shower(I dont!) The shower trim choice in available stock is brushed nickle or chrome. Is there any way I can refinish the trim to match the rest?

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#1 posted 333 days ago


Are you talking wood wise or metal wise? If you want wood to look like metal maybe a satin finish or maybe some metal attached to wood that is like satin nickel that a plating business could do.


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#2 posted 333 days ago

looking to make the aluminum parts of the shower doors and surround look like oil rubbed bronze so they will match the rest of the fixtures.

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#3 posted 333 days ago

It’s done by layering different paints – browns and blacks – and rubbing through with steel wool then lacquering. I haven’t ever done it but read about it on t’internet.

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#4 posted 332 days ago

Can’t be done on the finishes referenced. For a painted-on finish that will simulate what you’re looking for, go to

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#5 posted 332 days ago

In a word…
Are you using a shower surround (as in ready made) that will be inserted?
We have a walk-in shower with cultured marble panels, Delta ORB (oil rubbed bronze) fixtures, standard stainless grab bars tat are a satin finish, and don’t feel that the contrast is confusing with the design or color of the fixtures.


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#6 posted 332 days ago

I just want to know what SWMBO means! I’ve been trying to figure that out since I read this post a couple hours ago!

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#7 posted 332 days ago

You might find this interesting

and SWMBO is she who must be obayed, yeah, right.

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#8 posted 332 days ago

REO, before you go trying different chemical concoctions in the basement, and risk blowing up the neighborhood or getting busted for running what resembles a meth lab, how about posting some pics of the hardware you’re looking for and maybe collectively we can google/bing/yahoo/ask/alt-vista a solution for you. If she wants it, then you know it’s made somewhere and we just gotta find where that somewhere is.

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#9 posted 332 days ago

Yes LOL SWMBO= She Who Must Be Obeyed. just let me take a second and tell you though She is the most wonderful woman! She has known me for over 35 years and can still find it in her heart to love me! BUT when she has a preference… becomes law without a vote lol.

It is a combination utility room and bathroom just of the shop. we have already purchased the sink faucet, shower valve and head and the utility sink faucet. What I want to do is make the aluminum trim of the shower surround match the rest. it is a base metal of aluminum probably anodized to get the satin finish for the shiny one it may be plated. as long as I don’t damage the anodizing I should be able to paint it and get by. I am looking at a 36”x36” rounded neo corner shower with two rolling curved doors. the top and bottom edge and the adjustable wall jambs are all I need to do the rest is frame less or has the lip splash gaskets set on the edge. If it can be found in oil rubbed GREAT! I have had no luck though.

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