Styles and Finishes of Train Racks
When it comes to the train rack, there are many materials and finishes to choose from. I will not pretend to cover all of the options here but will discuss the more common finishes available today.
Nickel Train Rack
Nickel was replaced by chrome as the popular choice in the early 20th century because nickel was not as durable. Nickel finishes had a tendency to scratch and wear through to the underlying metal. Nickel finishes have made a comeback of late due to improvements in plating methods, which have significantly improved nickel’s durability and hardness. No worries; your new nickel finish train rack will have a coating that should rate in the upper 60’s on the Rockwell C scale (in other words, very, very hard and durable).
There are different nickel finishes to choose from for your train rack including polished nickel, vibrant, satin, pearl, and my personal favorite, brushed.
Chrome Train Rack
Chromium plating, or better know as “chrome,” has been around for a very long time. Offering an extremely durable and highly reflective surface, chrome is still a popular choice, so finding a chrome plated train rack in the style you want shouldn’t be difficult. A chrome train rack will compliment a wide variety of styles and types of decor, adding to the overall elegance of your home. A chrome train rack next to the shower, where water drops can settle, will be easy to keep clean as compared to other less polished finishes.
Bronze Train Rack
Bronze, an early copper alloy, has literally been around for centuries and has proven itself durable. Bronze is one of those metals that can be hard to identify because it has a wide range of colors depending on the alloy makeup and process in which it was finished. Colors can range from a medium gold to an almost black with finishes that border on iridescent to nearly flat. Historically, bronze peaks and valleys in popularity and is certainly popular today. Oil-rubbed bronze is a fairly new finish in which you can find your train rack, featuring a darker, almost chocolate look. Of course you can still have your traditional dark golden bronze finish: Elegance without all the flash.
Brass Train Rack
Brass, another copper alloy which has been around for centuries, has proven itself as being a very versatile metal. The brass train rack typically comes in two finishes, polished and antiqued. The antiqued train rack will have a finish similar to bronze and give the appearance of being aged. The polished train rack appears to be made of gold and can add a rich feel to any home.