Applying A Sacrificial Coating To Wrought Iron, Cast Iron And Steel
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- Maintenance, Rpr & Alteration Of Hstrc Bldgs - Gsa/Pbs
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APPLYING A SACRIFICIAL COATING TO WROUGHT IRON, CAST IRON AND STEEL
A. This procedure includes guidance on applying a
sacrificial wax or linseed oil coating to wrought iron,
cast iron and steel features.
NOTE: CLEAR, NATURAL COATINGS ON EXTERIOR WROUGHT AND
CAST IRON SURFACES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED EXCEPT IN
EXTREMELY LIMITED CASES. WHEN EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS,
THESE TWO MATERIALS WILL RAPIDLY DETERIORATE. CLEAR,
NATURAL COATINGS SHOULD BE LIMITED TO ORNAMENTAL PIECES
ONLY. EVEN LIMITED USE REQUIRES A HIGH DEGREE OF
DILIGENCE IN MAINTAINING THE COATING. IDEALLY, SUCH
COATINGS SHOULD BE LEFT TO INTERIOR WROUGHT AND CAST IRON
B. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be
reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines
cover the following sections:
1. Safety Precautions
2. Historic Structures Precautions
4. Quality Assurance
5. Delivery, Storage and Handling
6. Project/Site Conditions
7. Sequencing and Scheduling
8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)
These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing
this procedure and should be followed, when applicable,
along with recommendations from the Regional Historic
Preservation Officer (RHPO).
C. For guidance on cleaning and paint removal of wrought
iron, cast iron and steel, see 05010-05-R, 05010-16-R and
A. Butcher Polish Company
A. Paste wax such as Butcher's "Boston Polish Wax" or
"Bowling Alley Wax" (Butcher Polish Company), Trewax
Clear, or approved equal.
D. Linseed oil: Available from hardware or paint store.
E. Emery cloth
F. Soft cloths
A. Fiber bristle brushes (1/2 to 3/4 inches long)
B. Portable propane torch
A. Before recoating, remove all traces of rust, corrosion,
scale and old paint leaving the surface completely clean.
For guidance on paint removal, see 05010-05-R, 05010-16-R
3.02 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
A. Refinish with Wax:
1. Wax metal piece with paste wax, or a mixture of
beeswax which has been dissolved in a bit of
NOTE: DO NOT USE EMULSION TYPE WAXES.
2. Let sit for fifteen (15) minutes.
3. Buff with soft cloth.
4. Rewax every one to three months depending on the
severity of the exposure.
Refinish with Wax and Linseed Oil:
1. Gently heat piece with a portable propane torch.
2. Wipe with emery cloth.
3. When cool, rub a combination of beeswax and boiled
linseed oil into the surface with a soft cloth.
4. In exterior locations the beeswax and boiled
linseed oil should be renewed yearly.
A. Protect cleaned or final finishes from damage during
building or project cleaning period by use of temporary
protective coverings approved by RHPO. Remove protective
covering at time of Substantial Completion.
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