Applying Cold Microcrystalline Wax To Bronze
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- Outdoor Sculpture Manual - Center For Public Buildings
- Metal Materials
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APPLYING COLD MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX TO BRONZE
A. This procedure includes guidance on applying a hard
microcrystalline wax to bronze. The bronze may be either
architectural components or sculpture.
B. This wax acts as a barrier or sacrificial coating and
protects the metal and any underlying coatings such as
hot wax coatings, paint or protective lacquers such as
C. Cold waxing is usually performed as part of a semi-annual
washing and renewal of the barrier or sacrificial
coating. It is also done following any application of
hot wax (see 05010-04-P "Applying Hot Wax to Outdoor
Bronze") or Incralac.
D. For general information on the characteristics, uses and
problems associated with bronze, see 05010-03-S.
A. One of the following waxes, or approved equal:
1. Bareco Victory White (Petrolite Co.) pigmented with
powdered pigment to match the surrounding metal; www.bakerhughes.com
2. Butcher's Boston Polish Wax
3. Trewax Clear; www.trewax.beaumontproducts.com
4. Butcher's Bowling Alley Wax; www.bwccompany.com/
B. Soft cotton rags or nylon stockings
A. Suede brushes
3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
A. Make sure that previous treatments have thoroughly dried.
B. Apply paste wax to entire surface in smooth circular
motions, or in strokes to assure that the entire surface
is coated with a thin coat of wax.
C. Buff with rags, stockings or brushes, and allow to dry.
D. Repeat the procedure for areas which are handled by
people who may come in contact with the building.
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