385 brass/architectural bronze has a yellow-gold color that is pleasing to the eye and which also makes it a very good color match with both 280 Muntz Sheet and 464 Naval brass. The material has good corrosion resistance when outdoors, though only fair resistance to weathering in marine environments.
Like all brasses, the 385 is nonmagnetic, and it has a density of .303 – .315 lbs/cu in (8.4 – 8.73 g/cu cm). This alloy has great formability when heated, making it popular for extrusions and forgings but it is rated as poor for cold working.
385 brass/architectural bronze can be soldered and brazed, it is very machinable but cannot be hardened by heat treating.