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Ceramic Towel Bars [Bathroom Towel Bars]

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Stylish 700 Series Ceramic Towel Bar Options

This style of ceramic towel bar, rectangular with rounded corners, seems to be the most popular design over the last few decades. Each towel bar post, for all 4 mounting methods, measures approx. 2-5/8" wide by 4-3/4" tall. Measurements can vary as clay densities and kiln drying can affect the size from 1/16" to 1/8" at times. And sometimes the molds are cut just slightly different. So the nominal measurement of 2-5/8 x 4-3/4 is what we publish.
Now, the Scoop on AC Products. Yes, they are out of business, as of November, 2022. They announced it, halted production, and only sold off what they had had currently made. We were a "little" lucky. We were able to stock up on some towel bars, TP holders, shower caddies and a few other items. This note is now updated as of Feb. 17, 2023. Stock is selling off. There are some holes already for the items we normally kept in our stock, primarily the 700 Series and 900 Series. We are noting in the product "select your color" drop down menus as to how many of each item we have left in each color. And we have erased options for items that are completely gone. Updating it pretty much every other day. We still have a some stock on hand. But when it comes to all those wonderful colors, they are pretty much gone. We will continue to sell what we have until it completely runs out. We still offer Lenape Bath Hardware, and hope to find a source to re-invent some of what AC Products had offered. Many of our AC Products web pages still have a lot of older info. This note supersedes everything....

June 23, 2023, this web page just added:

That page will be helpful about what will become available again. Recently, we just ran out of the BA730-C1 gloss white and BA730-C34 gloss ice white towel bars. But that thin-set mount in white, will be back. May not be till late in 2023, but it is coming back. Technically, we have put in a request for the BA730-C1, C3 bone, and C5 black, and then the BC730-C, C3, and C5 to continue to be made. Samples are being worked up as of July 2023. So it is hopeful that they will be available around November/December of this year.

**IF YOU NEED a gloss white thin-set mount towel bar right now, we do keep the Lenape 1800-01 Pro Series towel bars in stock. Follow that link to see them.
AC Products Stylish 700 Series ceramic towel bars
Your towel bar choices come in 4 mounting methods and just over 80 color choices, in gloss and matte options. That is over 300 possible sets. Each towel bar set comes as two ceramic posts with a 24" plastic bar as the default bar length. The white colors: C1 gloss white, C34 gloss ice white, C144 Kohler white, M66 matte white, and M84 matte ice white will come with a white bar. C5 gloss black will come with a black bar. All other colors will come with a clear bar. We can switch that around. As well as changing the length if you like. You can select to change to a 12", 30", or 36" bar length. Or even request no bar if you have one of your own that you are planning on using. Use the ACP-Bar Exchange part number (a little bit lower on this page) to change from the default 24" bar. And do so for each set that you are altering.

AND, THIS IS IMPORTANT. This is not the only style of towel bar that we offer. It is the most popular, but not the only one. Look toward the very bottom of this page to see other AC Products' towel bar choices. Way to the bottom. And then there are links to the Lenape pages too. We have quite a few towel bar choices!

Our explanation of the 4 mounting methods to aid you in your decision follows after the next 5 pictures:

AC Products Stylish 700 Series
AC Products BA730 towel brackets with 24'' bar, THIN-SET mount, posts are 2-5/8'' w x 4-3/4'' h nominal x 3-1/4" proj., tile inset 2"x4"
AC Products Stylish 700 Series
AC Products BF730 towel brackets with 24'' bar, FLAT BACK mount, posts are 2-5/8'' w x 4-3/4'' h nominal x 3-7/16" proj., - SELECT YOUR COLOR - LIMITED COLORS REMAINING
AC Products Stylish 700 Series
AC Products BC730 towel brackets with 24'' bar, CLIP ON mount, posts are 2-5/8'' w x 4-3/4'' h nominal x 3-3/8" proj., - SELECT YOUR COLOR - LIMITED COLORS REMAINING
AC Products Stylish 700 Series
AC Products BM730 towel bar brackets with 24'' bar, MUD-SET mount, posts are 2-3/4'' w x 4-3/4'' h nominal X 3-3/8" proj., requries 2" x 4-1/16" hole at least 1-1/4" deep - SELECT YOUR COLOR - LIMITED COLORS REMAINING

About the towel bar set:

Each set comes as 2 posts with a 24" bar. So when selecting a quantity of 1 above, you get two posts and one bar. With the clip on sets, a pair of mounting clips comes with the set too. This next part number is for changing the bar option. You can switch the color of the bar, or choose to go with a longer or shorter bar. You can even order a pair of posts with no bar by choosing the no bar option. Posts always come as a pair. We cannot sell just one post. So they all come as a set and by default with the 24" bar.

How do we decide the default color if you do not choose to change? This is how:
  • White colors C1, C34, C144, M66, and M84 by default will come with the white bar.
  • Black color C5 will now come as a default with a black bar (Except BC730-C5. The clip on black towel bar sets we have left have a faintly smaller square hole and the black bars are a speck too big to fit in the holes. So clear bars come with the BC730-C5.)
  • Every other color comes with a clear bar.

White and Clear bars come in 12", 24", 30", and 36". Black bars are available in 12", 24", and 36". All bars are plastic and can be cut easily with a fine tooth saw such as a hack saw. Or even a powered mitre saw. So if your application requires a 31-3/4" long black bar, order the 36" and cut it down to size.

Use this next part number as many times as you need for the changes you need. Say you need 5 sets. Order the 5 sets from above. But for two of them you want 30" bars and for one a 12" bar. Thus use the BAR EXCHANGE part number twice. Once to switch to the 30" bar for qty 2, and then once for the 12" bar at qty 1. Or if you want clear bars with your white posts, use it to change to any length of the clear bars. You can mix it up however you like. We also have a comments field if you need to add any notes for clarity.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING for a bar only, just the plastic bar, we have a part number for that on the replacement bathroom hardware parts page.
Manufacturer: AC Products
AC Products Bar Exchange: Use this part number AS MANY times as you need to change from the default 24" bar included to a different bar color or size. Or even the option of no bar.
[36" CLEAR bars completely sold out]
*For the no-bar option, and reduction to 12" bar, if the dollar deduction does not show up in the shopping cart, fear not. We will make sure it processes correctly when we write up your order.

How to select your mounting method:

The BA730 thin-set mount:
It must set into a 1/4" deep or slightly greater depth. Many people have referred to this as a recess mount. That terminology is not correct. Thin-set basically gets put in place where a piece of tile has been omitted, and thus it attaches to the same wall surface that the tile is attaching to. And it can be applied using the same adhesive. The 1/4" projection on the back is not the full size of the back. It is 2" x 4", and thus the full width and height of the post does overlap adjacent tiles and grout lines.

We have heard many stories about thin-set mount posts set into drywall. The drywall is carved out, or cut all the way through, and the posts glue into the divot. Well, that was not the proper application for the thin-set mount. It can work, but it may not work indefinitely. Clip on mounted posts are recommended for drywall applications.

The BF730 flat back mount:
Designed to be glued onto ANY flat surface. Glue them over tile, wood, drywall, greenboard, or sheet rock. Flat back does not require the same inlay opening as thin-set. Flat back is great as an after thought mounting. You have a fully tiled wall and would like to add a towel bar, you can do so with the flat back mount without having to chisel out any tiles.  It saves time, and saves a lot of muscle work. Great for mounting over smaller cut outs in tile too. Such as a 2"x2" opening. With flat back, you would not have to increase the size of that opening. You just glue over the top of it.

The BC730 clip on mount:
Great for drywall or wood walls. Can be used on tile too if you wish. Each BC730 towel bar set also comes with two mounting clips, plastic anchors, and screws. The clips go on the wall first, the posts slide down over them. On tile, you would need to drill into the tile with a ceramic tile drill bit, and then definitely use the plastic anchors. A screw pushing against the plastic anchor is better than a screw pushing against ceramic tile. Less chance of breaking the tiles. You will hold the bar between the posts as you slide the second post down on the clip. Very easy to install, make sure your clips are on the same horizontal line. Posts are marked left and right.

The BM730 mud set mount:
Popular with professional tile setters, and it does require a 1-1/4" or deeper hole to set into. Commonly put in with a mud pack (mortar). Very common on sheet rock. And, we do have to say, some installers cut holes completely through drywall and mount these into drywall. Again, not the prescribed approach for plain drywall, but it can be done.

Clicking or tapping on any of the 4 towel bar posts images above will allow you to see expanded photos of the back sides so you can see how the mounting methods change. When mounted, all 4 methods look alike from the surface.

To view images of all the ceramic color choices, please select that link.

AC Products also publishes a color cross reference chart of how their colors coincide with some popular tile brand colors. If you know your tile brand and color code, you can see if there is a reference in that chart. There use to be over 140 color choices, now that has been reduced to around 80ish. Some colors are just way out of date and not as popular anymore. Keeping glaze made in obsolete colors just does not work. Glaze dries out over the years and becomes unuseable. So some colors just have to be deleted.

Then we have a third help page set up for colors. Our color comparing and selection help page. We have taken group photos of the whites, light tones, greys, browns, blues, greens, etc. For the greys and browns this is helpful since there are about a dozen choices each in those tones. And telling the difference between white, biscuit, and bone is sometimes tough when you have no reference to go by. So that page can be very helpful when trying to match to tiles in your bathroom.

Stock and Lead times:

  • We do stock the BA730, BF730, BC730, and BM730 in C1 gloss white and C5 gloss black in modest to large quantities.
  • We also stock all 4 towel bar mounts in C3 bone, C34 ice white, C70 biscuit, and M66 matte white in smaller quantities.
  • We generally stock the BA730, BF730, and BC730 in C12, C16, C256, M31, and M81 colors, just a few of each for quick shipments.
  • And then the BA730 is also stocked in C17, C21, C101, C115, C129, C171, C201, C235, C301, C320, C460, C722, M57, M79, M84, M736, and a few other stray colors, usually 1 to 3 of each because the thin-set is more popularly requested. And we use the towel bars to take our color image pictures. We also use them to compare colors to pieces of tile or broken towel bar or soap dish shards that customers send to us.

All other colors take us approx. 3 weeks to receive. Generally 2 weeks for AC Products to make them, and then a week for us to receive them. Please plan that into your installation timing.
The Stylish 700 Series is large. We have divided it upon several pages. For a complete summary, view the Stylish 700 summary page

For a quick overview of the 700 Series TP holders, soap dishes, corner shelves and more, you can select from the below thumbnail images.

If you are looking for these same items in the stoneware colors, please go to the Exceptional 900 Series page.
Six choices, multiple mounting methods
Seven choices, multiple mounting methods
Three choices, multiple mounting methods
One design, three mounting methods
One design, three mounting methods
Three designs, all fully recessed
One choice, four mounting methods
Each of these thumbnails represents a whole lot more to see on each page. Every item in the Stylish 700 Series is available in approx. 80 colors, with the exception of the two huge shower caddies and a couple of specialty corner shelves. Review each page for product desriptions and measurements. You can order from any of the product pages. Phone orders are also accepted.

This ceramic bath hardware is MADE IN THE U.S.A.

And for other towel bar choices, other designs, check out the below.
Clip on only, smaller footprint
Same as model 730, but in stoneware colors
Shell shape and much larger
Oval shaped
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