At Acres Farm, we only use 100% formed brass for our fender bases and solid brass for the rest of the metal work (not including the seat frames.) We do not plate steel with brass as plated metals can chip even with a lacquer and then rust.
We use 100% stainless steel for the formed bases and solid stainless steel for the rest of the metal work (not including the seat frames). Stainless steel alloy is far more durable than standard (mild) steel as it is by the most durable of the two and will never rust. We do not plate steel with a stainless steel finish as plated metals can chip even with a lacquer and then rust.
Our painted fenders are made with mild steel. The powder coating is applied electro-statically and then cured under heat to provide a very hard wearing finish.
In either mahogany or oak, a club fender base mixed with metal collars and uprights is a stunning alternative. There are several stain options to choose from (contact us). We may use idigbo for painted fender bases or where the base is curved.