BRONZE RESTORATION SERVICES
As well as our sculpture restoration services, we can restore even the most unusual features providing that they are made from a copper alloy.
We can offer bronze restoration services for
- handles and handrails
- kick plates and push-plates
- decorative castings like shields, friezes or plaques
- small bronze objects
Often these types of bronze features can become damaged because they are touched by the public.
Sweat from hands, scratching and damage from cleaning can cause disfiguration which requires bronze restoration.
The most common finish that we restore is a BMA finish and we offer this either as standard or dark. However, occasionally internal features are un-patinated. In this scenario, the features will tarnish again unless they are treated with a robust protective coating such as lacquer.
The majority of older bronze features, such as historic castings, are protected with wax. Although how best to protect a bronze feature is always decided on a project by project basis.
There are pros and cons of both coatings. We have a good article on this topic, if you’d like to read more about protective coatings.
The majority of our bronze restoration services can be carried out in situ. This is convenient for clients as bronze features are often functional and moving them is inconvenient.
However, we do have workshop space, if removing the features for a duration is necessary.
AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF OUR BRONZE RESTORATION SERVICES
THE PLINTH OF THE RUGBY TUNING COIL
Located at London’s Science Museum, the Rugby Tuning Coil’s plinth was being touched daily by the public. This caused it’s copper plinth to tarnish and disfigure. Unpatinated copper will tarnish naturally in air anyway, even if it isn’t touched, and so to maintain this bright finish, it was necessary to lacquer the plaque. Even lacquer still requires maintenance, but this protective coating was much more suitable for this bronze feature in this particular environment.