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Old 04-23-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Restoring Outdoor Fixtures

I've had these Quoizel fixtures for a few years and those in direct sunlight are terrible. The first two photos show a couple that aren't exposed to much sunlight. I'm looking to achieve a similar look to the damaged one (photo #3). The finish is Imperial Bronze. Suggestions?
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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Maybe a restorative base coat of rattle can paint followed by some careful use of metal leaf and then a couple clear coats would work. Leafing, or sometimes called gilding, goes back millenia. You can get foils in all sorts of metals. You put a sizing on the object and then use a leaf brush to bring the foil to the sizing while it is still tacky. You can burnish or remove as much as you want. Just remember it is real metal so will oxidize accordingly---24kt gold not at all and things like copper quite a bit unless protected by a clear coat or wax. Art supply or hobby store, or a wood finishing specialty shop should have metal leaf or order online.

You might try a base coat and metallic wax---metal flakes suspended in wax. Rub-N-Buff is one brand fairly easy to find. Hit the high area with the metal flake wax. Follow with a coat of something like Renaissance wax. I have used it on outdoor sculpture installations. It works great and is used widely by galleries and museums but it is a twice per season task. Bush it on to get into all the nooks and crannies then buff.

Perhaps you could use metallic paint from a rattle can or through an airbrush. Or use it to make a glaze you could wipe on.

You could experiment working in the opposite direction with a metallic basecoat then painting your solid color over it. Distress the overcoat to reveal the metallic underneath.

You will have to experiment some. You may have to do all the fixtures to get them to match. Post back when done and let us know what you used?


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