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Re: 100 yr old bronze powder, how to use??

Posted By: Jeff <tk423@netzero.net> (dialup-67.74.227.65.Dial1.Baltimore1.Level3.net)
Date: 10/27/3 22:28

In Response To: 100 yr old bronze powder, how to use?? (Jeannine)

Dev and Jeannine-

I would be very careful using any paints that old. Most if not all paint from that era had heavy white lead content. You could reconstitute the paint, but it would be a mixing party of white lead, linseed oil and whatever pigment is left past whatever has gelled inside the tubes.

I restriped some civil war era furniture for a local Inn that was being restored to all original status. The stuff is highly toxic, and the lead and mercury levels in them can either make you very sick, or mad as a hatter. Handle NONE of it without rubber gloves and respirators. It's great to use period materials, but it's also dangerous. The stuff has been changed over the years for very good reason. ~Jeff Ritzmann Millennium Restoration and Repair Baltimore, MD

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