Elizabethan Classics Tub Filler and Handshower with Metal Lever Handles Requires Enclosure - See Below
good function, lousy finish
We ordered the antique bronze finish and it began flaking off after about two weeks of use. We were under the impression that this was a hardened powder coating that would not wear off. In reality, it appears to be nothing more than spray paint that flakes off at every friction/contact point and reveals naked brass underneath. Specifically, it's the handshower handle where it sits in the cradle, the handshower cradle, and the riser where any accessories are/were attached.
We contacted VT&B shortly after this began. They told us that it should not happen, and sent us a replacement unit. We installed the replacement unit, and it made no difference. The finish still flaked off. We've just decided to live with it. If you're considering this finish, you'll be better off going with the straight brass or another supplier that uses hardened powder coating that can withstand normal wear and tear.
With that said, the performance as a water delivery system has been great. That's why I've given a 4-star overall rating, but 1-star on quality because the finish is a joke.
One more thing: I recommend replacing the rubber bushings at the faucet/filler/riser assembly points at least every two years. Rubber by nature will harden and wear out. Ours literally burst one night while showering. We just turned the water off and fixed it, but if you're in the habit of leaving the faucets on and the filler off, you could be in for a big mess if it fails when you're not around.
October 21, 2009