Stainless is much cooler than tarnished bronze.
Ha, Ha, we learned the hot metal lesson as well. Replaced 10 teak window frames on our Pan Oceanic 46 years back, looked real cool, best of all they no longer leaked like a sieve. One fine summer day while wearing short pants, I was walking around the side deck when my right thigh touched the shinny and HOT window frames, resulting in nearly launching myself into the bay!
Best advise we can give, if you can’t live with varnish learn to paint, it may not be as cool looking as neck deep varnish, but it will grow on you.
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