Applying Cold Microcrystalline Wax To Bronze

Procedure code:
501006S
Source:
Outdoor Sculpture Manual - Center For Public Buildings
Division:
Metals
Section:
Metal Materials
Last Modified:
03/03/2017

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PART 1---GENERAL

1.01 SUMMARY

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 Incralac.

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.

PART 2---PRODUCTS

2.01 MATERIALS

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

2.02 EQUIPMENT

A. Suede brushes

PART 3---EXECUTION

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.

Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13