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Ok, it's time to replace fixtures in the bathrooms. The trend seems to be brushed nickel and they also sell a lot of towel racks and light fixtures that match.
Saying that, does the brushed nickel finish on plumbing fixtures consist of nickel plating over brass (w/o the chrome on top like the typical plating process), or is it a cast stainless steel and not a plated brass? Nickel plating is yellowish, which these fixtures are not, and also nickel plating typically tarnishes which is why it is almost always topped with chrome.

Are the nickel fixtures clear coated to prevent this, or? I'm basically just curious on what they're selling.
Also, it seems like I read a few yrs back the nickel fixtures were more prone to leaking? I did a search on this and didn't find anything useful.

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