Frequently Asked Questions

We have been providing the finest coastal cabinet knobs and drawer pulls since 2000. During that time, we have been asked many questions which we have attempted to revisit below. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us through our chat interface below, visit our "Ask Pete a question" page, or call us at 321-749-8918

1) What are your product made of?
All of our cabinet knobs and drawer pulls are made of solid pewter.
The towel hooks are made of heavy gauge, hand fabricated aluminum.
2) Does pewter rust?
No, pewter is iron free and therefore does not rust.
3) Can your knobs and pulls be used outside?
No, they are intended for indoor use.
4) How do I clean my pewter cabinet hardware?

“The best way to clean them is with warm water and a mild detergent, such as Dawn dish soap, then dry with a soft cloth.

“Be sure you do NOT use bleach, solvent cleaners, [or] silver cleaner. 

“To restore a piece like Dolphin 116, or Sand Dollar 112, to its original look, do the basic soap and water cleaning, dry thoroughly, then use a fine grade Scotchbrite buffing pad (NOT steel wool; NEVER steel wool, because it can leave pieces in the soft metal of the pewter and those pieces of steel wool can rust and mar the appearance of your piece) and follow the grain (buffing lines) of the piece, buff the pulls until you’re happy with their appearance.”
5) Do your wall mounted towel hooks come with wall anchors?
Yes, each item comes with 2 nylon wall anchors plus matching screw fasteners to install in drywall. We have provided a towel hook installation video here
6) What is the standard screw size?
8/32 x 1 inch
7) What is the difference between knobs and pulls?
Knobs are products with a single mounting post and require 1 screw. Pulls are products with 2 mounting posts requiring 2 screws.
8) How far apart are the mounting posts for pulls?
3 inches
9) How far does the mounting post extend from the creature?
1/2 inch
10) How large a screw hole size do you recommend?
3/16th inch for knobs and 1/4 inch for pulls
11) Are your products sold individually or in pairs?
Many of our products are sold individually, but we do have some matched pairs for you to check out.
12)  Pewter is a soft metal, how do the threads keep from being stripped out by the screws?
All our products have brass ferrule threads cast into the mounting post to ensure the screws do not get stripped out.
13) Do your products come with a warranty?
We provide a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.
14) Are all the products your own designs?
Yes!  All of our 150+ products are original designs by noted marine life artist, Peter Costello.
15) Does pewter tarnish?
Pewter does not tarnish like silver but over time will naturally form a darker patina.
16) Is it OK to shine/clean them with steel wool?
No! Never use steel wool on pewter. The steel wool will embed steel particles in the pewter that will then rust.
17) What metal cleaner can I use on pewter?
We do not recommend using metal cleaners on our pewter hardware products. We only recommend using mild soap, warm water, and a soft cloth.
18) What can be used to restore the original luster in the brushed nickel finish?
After cleaning the product as instructed above, we recommend gently using only a Scotchbrite pad. We suggest "breaking in" the Scotchbrite pad to reduce its brand-new abrasiveness by rubbing it against itself before lightly rubbing it on the pewter.
19) How do I drill the holes properly?
We suggest using a jig.
Here is an inexpensive one that includes a 3/16 drill bit
If you would like to make one, here is a link to a video done by the Woodworks Guild of America