How can I get a sample of BronzeShieldTM?
Samples of BronzeShieldTM are available to commercial artists, foundries, ateliers or curators as part of our field trials through the end of 2011. Please send us your name, title, address and phone number so we can contact you.
When and where will BronzeShieldTM be available for purchase?
BronzeShield will be available for purchase in 2012 from this website. We are still optimizing the coating based on feedback from professionals. We are also making sure that the coating is easy to use in all quantity sizes.
What will the quantity and sizes be?
We will be able to work with the artist or art lover who needs less than a quart up to large-scale bulk quantities for any size preservation project.
How is it applied?
BronzeShieldTM can be sprayed or brushed on. It is a two-part system that does require mixing in an easy 1:1 ration before using.
How long does BronzeShieldTM protect?
Durability is dependent on the conditions surrounding the monument or sculpture. However, in the most demanding situations with proper application, the coating could protect for up to five years.
How do I know it needs to be recoated?
BronzeShieldTM does not peel, flake, or yellow. It simply wears off over time. You will notice the finish begin to fade, or signs of weathering on the sculpture. We recommend you maintain a regularly scheduled cleaning and coating cycle to ensure your artwork is always optimally protected.
How do I remove BronzeShieldTM when it's time to clean and recoat?
You do NOT need to use harsh mechanical methods or toxic solvents to remove BronzeShieldTM. Simply coat the statue in BronzeShieldTM Remover, a safe, non-toxic liquid remover, and rinse clean with water. The remover does not harm the bronze, the patina or the environment.
How do I prepare my sculpture before coating it with BronzeShieldTM?
Surface preparation is key to the success and durability of any coating, and that is true also with BronzeShieldTM. You cannot apply BronzeShieldTM to a weathered, soiled, corroded or damaged surface and expect good results. BronzeShield does not clean the surface--it protects a clean surface. Proper cleaning and/or professional restoration may be needed before applying BronzeShieldTM.
Is BronzeShieldTM better than wax?
BronzeShieldTM is as effective as wax and also removable. It does not wash or melt away in water installations or heat. It can last up to ten times longer than wax and does not require buffing. With wax becoming harder and harder to procure, BronzeShieldTM is an excellent alternative.
Can BronzeShieldTM protect against vandalism and graffitti on metal?
Yes. The BronzeShieldTM coating does not allow paint, markers, etc. to penetrate through to the surface and ruin the patina and possibly the metal itself. Simply use the BronzeShieldTM Remover to take away all layers of graffitti and protective coating down to the patina. Clean and recoat.
Why would anyone want to protect a bronze statue? Isn't it supposed to turn green? The patina the artist intended, whether it is golden, burnished, black, green, blue, orange, or various other variations possible, is impossible to maintain when left exposed to the elements. Bronze is made of copper and tin, and those metals begin to oxidize immediately when exposed to air and moisture. Although some artists do intend for the piece to weather to a natural greenish hue, most want the intended patina to be uniform and beautiful, not splotchy, drippy, stained, corroded, moldy, crusty or streaked. That is why all bronze pieces left outside must eventually be restored, cleaned and/or coated or they become unrecognizable. A protective coating like BronzeShieldTM maintains the beautiful finish of a monument and makes it easier to maintain it in the future.