Does anyone have any advice for removing patina from old bronze?
A commercial cleaner? Home remedy?
Most likely the item has been waxed or lacquered after patination so
you have to remove BOTH things. I heat the bronze to burn off the
wax/lacquer, allow it to cool then bead blast the piece to remove the
patina and if it is blotchy I then use fine steel wool or better
bronze wool or an oil free pumice containing waterless hand cleaner
or a scotch pad, and rub and rub and rub the piece until it is of an
even surface texture. Basically you have to remove any signs of the
wax/lacquer and patina before proceeding. Also, just a note, a
once patinated piece will almost never re-patina like a “virgin” cast
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Cynthia Thomas Designs
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