Many of the objects, sculptures, memorials and archaeological remains we treat contain metal in some form or another. In some cases, the objects, sculptures or memorials are made entirely from metal, while in other cases they may only have metal elements. The most common problem we see with metals is corrosion. Corrosion can be stable and the appearance can be aethetically or historically important, for example patinated artworks or achaeological artefacts. Active corrosion requires conservation to stabilise the object; a treatment is required in order to slow down or prevent further deterioration.
In addition to corrosion, another common problem we see are broken or missing elements.
Corrosion affects all metals differently and, as such, the way in which we treat an object will depend on a number of factors, including the type of metal (or metals) the object is made from, the type of corrosion, the nature of the damage and the desired outcome. Treatment varies and can include removal of the corrosion, stabilisation or conversion of the corrosion, and application of a coating or inhibitor.
The patina of an object, sculpture or memorial is often a desirable effect. If the patina is damaged, we may be able to repatinate the surface to bring back its original appearance. We may also be able to apply a protective coating to the surface in order to minimise the risk of future damage.
Please contact us to discuss how we can help with your metal objects and sculptures.