We use different types of headstones to represent the grave of the one we love that have passed on. One of these headstones is a bronze plaque. It is usually attached on a marble or granite as a base for its structure. This type of plaque should be set on a level ground, but if it is laid horizontally, it is then more affected by the weather. If this happens, the protective coating slowly wears off, leaving the inscribed letters and numbers exposed to the elements. Click here to know more.
To restore the bronze plaques, you will first need a couple of equipment for you to use, these are: scrub brush, steel wire crush, distilled water, canned air, soft towels, sanding block, leather dye, dry sandpaper, clear spray lacquer and ¼” artist brush.
Now, if you want to restore a bronze plaque, there are a couple of steps that you should follow. This is to ensure that your headstone would be as good as new.
To start you restoration of bronze plaques, you would need to choose a day that would be warm and dry. If the cemetery or grave area has sprinklers, ask for the time it turns on so you could schedule your restoration process and have enough time to dry it.
Next, use the stainless steel crush to get the obvious dirt on the surface. Move your brush to different directions so you could fully cover the area. If some colouring is removed, you don’t have to worry because it will be redone or replaced on later steps.
On a sanding block, place a light strip of sandpaper. Next is to sand the letters by following the lines of the bronze stone and use a back and forth motion to do it. If there are any chipped or dent areas, use sandpaper that is folded.
When you are finished sanding the headstone, mix Ivory liquid dish soap in small amounts with water, then use a scrub brush to apply the mixed soapy water on the headstone.
Scrub the plaque to remove any residue or dust from all the sanding and brushing that was done earlier. Then rinse everything with water. Repeat the cleaning process by using distilled water to completely rinse any chemicals in the surface.
After rinsing the headstone, dry it with a soft cloth then let the air dry it completely. Next, choose a dark colour leather dye to darken the background. To achieve the desired colour, repeat it several times more.
Using the artist brush, apply the dye to the background and then let the dye to dry completely. If there is any dye that has gotten to the lettering, you can sand it again. Then brush away the dust again by using canned air.
To coat the surface of the plaque, use lacquer over and over again, but by spraying it in different directions. While the coating dries, protect it from any dust caused by air. And lastly, just maintain the plaque so that it could last through succeeding generations.