Originally Posted by Krista
Hi...we're re-doing the cabinet doors in our 1973 Trillium
and want to put new latches on the doors (which are surface mounted, not flush), and would like to find something in a silver finish...
Am I dreaming or what? I spent hours searching the web for silver or aluminium replacement for theses latches over the last months, I spent most of last evening looking again. Late last night I was going to ask for help here on FGRV but I was tired and went to bed. This morning I log on FGRV only to find your post !!
There is a lot of visible extruded aluminium in our camper (shelves frames, window frames, trims, etc), we actually want to add some more, but the bronze-colored latches and hinges don't really fit. Chrome finish hinges can be found anywhere, but I'm still looking for the latches.
I've never found silver or chrome versions of them, I've seen similar on ebay or vintagecampers.com that come from Airstream trailers, they look great but sell for $20-$25 USD each, they are not exactly the same and I'm not sure they could be fitted.
I thought may be these bronze-colored latches are just made of aluminium with a bronze finish. So just yesterday I took one out, and tried to buff the finish off to bare aluminium. All I got is a very shiny copper-colored latch! It sure looks much nicer than tarnished copper but it's not going to turn silver.
I thought of painting
them but I don't think the paint
will hold for very long.
Now my wife tells me that copper and aluminium trims can be used together in interior design and still look good. She showed me many pictures from the web were both metals are used together in kitchen decorations (metal trims, handles, lamp fixtures, etc), it's apparently very trendy and I admit it looks good. So in the end, we may decide just to keep the bronze hinges and latches if I can't find silver replacement.
Somewhat related to this topic: Unlike other Trilliums, the cabinets in our 5500 are all wood. My plan was to keep the fake wood finish but frame all cabinet doors with a thin aluminium edge. With new silver hinges and latches, stainless steel countertop, it would have some sort of "aircraft galley" look. But I can't seem to find the appropriate aluminium trims. Among the possible material that could be used are aluminium trims used for ceramic tiles.
They are lightweight, available anywhere, not expensive, and my cabinet doors would fit just right inside such a 1/2 inch ceramic tile trim and look pretty good. And it turns out that these trims are available in various finishes, including... copper!! Now we're far from the all-aluminium look we wanted, so we need to evaluate how it would look if we keep the copper-colored latches. We haven't decided anything yet, but that's where we're at right now.