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What is a "Pewter finish"?

Q. My client is requesting a finish call "Pewter", I heard of Satin Chrome, bright chrome, etc. but never heard of pewter, can you please advise where can I find information of a pewter finish?

Thank you,

George Lee
sales engineer - Canada
October 21, 2008

October 21, 2008

A. Hi, George. There are two easy ways to answer this. The first is that a pewter finish looks like pewter. The second is that you and your client are in for heartache; there is no way to do such a project except by the buyer supplying samples of what we wants and expects.

Otherwise, no matter what you supply to fill the contract, his response is going to be: "Ehww . . . that's not what I had in mind" :-)


Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey

March 9, 2009

A. Hello,

Pewter is a tin alloy with white colour. It requires a clear coating protection because it tarnishes very fast. You could have bright, satin (brushed) or other matte finishes depending the plater know-how.

According to the last answer, it is very important to have a plating sample before to buy some plating, it is a kind of warranty against surprise...

Best regards,


DUTHIL Nicolas
- Bordeaux, FRANCE

Q. I use to buy sheets of 30 mill tin that had a pewter finish on them and they are no longer available. I just bought some tin that does not have the pewter finish. Is there a way of easily putting a pewter finish on the tin sheets other than spray painting them? I will be using the sheets for punched tin work.

Mike Brugh
- Davis, California, USA
January 13, 2014

February 21, 2014

Q. Someone said that pewter tarnishes very fast and I have a lot of Dutch sconces and chandeliers made of pewter in a house I work at as the maintenance man. My manager has asked me to polish out what appears to be a small area of tin showing through the pewter, and I wonder what options I have in re-finishing it or if there are any touch up materials available that would do the job?

I assume it has oxidised and the pewter finish has worn off, but I don't really know?

Jefferson Nunn
Saint Hill manor - East Grinstead, UK

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