Escar UK Bronze : The Care & Maintenance of Bronze

The Care & Maintenance of Bronze : Recommendations and helpful tips to keep your keep your bronze sculptures and statues in tip-top condition

THE PATINATION OF BRONZE

Patination is the enhancement of bronze by the application of chemicals to produce different colour finishes. The  acids and chemicals used in our workshops are a closely guarded secret as they produce some of the finest and most spectacular finishes to be seen on bronze today

Therefore we recommend that harsh/corrosive chemicals are kept well away from all patinated bronze products as there is a very real danger that these can cause serious colour changes that could be difficult to rectify to restore them to their original colours

THE MAINTENANCE OF BRONZE

Bronze may darken, turn green or even show streaks of yellow / white over time, depending on the climatic environment. Although many people like the look of aged bronze, you may wish to keep your statue as near to its original look as possible

Occasionally, small deposits of white ceramic may ‘bleed’ out of the bronze, this is natural and will stop in time. These deposits are easily cleaned away by following the tips below

Once clean, allow to air dry then apply a coat or two of wax polish with a boot brush. When using cleaning agents, always be aware of adverse effects on plants and aquatic life

HELPFUL TIPS FOR MAINTAINING BRONZE

Indoors : Bronze ages slowly and only needs an occasional dusting with a soft cloth or brush and an occasional application of wax polish

Outdoors : For water features and statues kept outside, more attention will be required, depending on the situation

Any debris or ceramic deposits caught in the more complex areas of your sculpture can be teased out with a soft lead pencil then cleaned off with a brush and soapy water

*NEVER* use strong chemicals, solvents or abrasives, as this will certainly affect the finish

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LONG TERM PROTECTION OF BRONZE

If left without any protection bronze, like most metals, will oxidise with time, therefore we recommend that the surface is protected with wax

Although furniture wax produces good results, our preference is Kiwi shoe polish, dark brown for the darker patination (not tan as this can create a red hue) and clear for the green / blue colours. Apply the wax generously, working it into features and folds

Water features may benefit from a second application and more frequent attention, especially in hard-water conditions. When dry, buff thoroughly with a brush or cloth

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