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Old 04-01-2006, 12:50 PM
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Removing Bronze Patina?

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A client wants me to lighten the patina on a small bronze. It is pretty dark (almost black) with golden buffed highlights, it is sealed with tree wax. Any quick, easy, inexpensive ways to get the dark out, especially in the details?
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:26 AM
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Re: Removing Bronze Patina?

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Hello I am unsure of exactly what "Tree wax" is however if it is just a type of wax then the black or dark patina can be removed with steel wool. You will expose the bronze beneath the patina and you will have the original light coppery bronze colour. In the details you may have to wrap the steel wool around a small tool to access difficult to reach areas, but the patina is usually quite thin and should come off easily.
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:23 PM
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Re: Removing Bronze Patina?

Thanks, Blake. Sounds like there's no way around it...Elbow grease it is.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:39 PM
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Re: Removing Bronze Patina?

Actually, I've got a miniature airbrush/sandblaster that works great for those situations. Don't remember the brand name. Badger maybe, but quite cheap.
Less than $20 as I remember, and uses very fine media.

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Old 04-04-2006, 08:33 AM
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Re: Removing Bronze Patina?

Wow! A miniature airbrusher! That sounds great. I will look into it.
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Old 04-04-2006, 06:24 PM
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Re: Removing Bronze Patina?

"Tree wax" is Trewax, a good quality basic wax similar to Johnson's floor wax. No big deal.
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:33 PM
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Re: Removing Bronze Patina?

tre wax is mostly carnuba wax the best way to get rid of the wax and patina is a sandblast coupled with some solvent. What will happen if you don't remove all the wax is you will get pinholes of areas where you didnt completely remove the wax and this acts as a barrier or mask to a subsequent patina. Make sure you do a good job of removing the past wax or your new patina will be blotchy. unless all you plan on doing is highlighting it more and not reapplying a new patina in this case just some steel wool and elbow grease.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:00 AM
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Re: Removing Bronze Patina?

Hi jsimms,
Do you remember where you purchased the miniature sandblaster? Was it a specialty store, hardware, crafts?
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