Pewter FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Pewter FAQ

What does it look like?

  • Pewter is a reactive metal that will develop a patina and change over time.
  • Matte pewter is silver in appearance, similar to stainless steel, and will evolve and develop a darker gray color and satin sheen that sets it apart from other metals.
  • Professionally patinated pewter will appear darker and more uniform than pewter given the opportunity to develop its patina naturally.

What can I expect?

  • Pewter is a malleable, yet durable and non-porous material, which makes it a great countertop alternative to stone.
  • Over time, your countertop will develop a unique “pattern of use.” Areas of frequent use and cleaning will appear lighter and smoother, while areas that are used less often will look darker.
  • Pewter countertops are not and are not meant to represent a monolithic surface.
  • Slight scratches, pinholes, and soldering marks are to be expected on your pewter countertop these slight imperfections give this artisanal metal its European look.
  • Hammered pewter will have a wavy, undulated surface and will not be machine flat.
  • Depending on the size and shape of your countertop, a non-welded butt seam may be required for construction.

Very large tops may require a mechanical, silicone-sealed field joint. No on-site welding is necessary.

Where Can Pewter be Used?

Pewter is a great option for kitchen countertops, backsplashes and range hoods.

What are the Finish Options?

Pewter is available in a mirror-polish or a matte finish. We can also add a patina to your countertop, cutting out the time it will take to create an antiqued look.

How Thick can a Pewter Countertop be?

We use 18-gauge sheet (approximately 1/16" thick). The sheets are bonded to solid, waterproof MDF and can be built up to your desired thickness. Edges can be built up to any thickness, 1-½” is standard.

How do I Clean a Pewter Countertop?

We recommend “Stainless Steel Magic” for day-to-day cleaning.

How will the Patina Change Over Time?

Your Pewter countertop is not protected or coated with lacquer, it is a living finish and will be affected by certain elements that will either remove or add to your patina. Acidic items such as lemon juice and metal polish may remove patina while many other items will add to it. Pewter is a reactive metal so the patina will change and develop over time.

Will a Pewter Countertop Stain or Rust?

No, a Pewter Countertop will not rust or stain. Pewter is a reactive metal so you can expect the patina to change and develop over time.

Can I Cut on a Pewter Countertop?

Pewter is a very soft metal and can be prone to scratches. If you wish to minimize scratch marks and preserve your knife blades, use a cutting board for chopping.

Can I Put Hot Pots on a Pewter Countertop?

Always use a hot plate or trivet when transferring items from an oven to a countertop.

Can a Sink be Built into the Countertop?

We can fabricate a custom integral sink (rectangular or square) and weld it in as a seamless part of any top. We can also under-mount or cut-in any sink that you provide. Holes for faucets and accessories such as hot water inserts and soap dispensers are available.

What Type of Warranty do You Offer?

Our Pewter countertops come with a full one-year warranty.

  • Brooks Custom will repair or replace, at our option, any faulty product deemed to have been caused by manufacturing defects.
  • Items must be returned to this location if not installed by us.
  • Incidental work or adjacent materials are not included in warranty coverage.
  • All shipped pewter countertops must be removed from their crates within 30 days of delivery. Any claims for shipping damage must be made within that time.
  • Sales are final for all finished products that are left in our showroom over 90 days.

How Long Will it Take to get my Pewter Countertop?

Typically it takes 4-6 weeks to fabricate your Pewter countertop, from the time we receive approved shop drawings from you.

How can I get pricing?

Please email or fax us a plan drawing of your project. Include measurements and any details you may have. We usually have our quotes out within 1 business day.

If you have any questions not answered by this pewter faq, email your inquiries to info@brookscustom.com. We will be happy to answer any questions to help you understand this artisanal metal.