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Re: Restoration of federal period mirror

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (ct-waterbury1b-56.wtrbct.adelphia.net)
Date: 2/21/5 13:31

In Response To: Restoration of federal period mirror (Kevin)

Hi Kevin, the mirror was probably painted with a paint made with bronzing powders and Alkyd varnish...that presents a real problem because the reason that was done was because the original gold leaf was damaged and/or missing in spots, and instead of doing repairs to the gold with gold, the "restorer" painted the surface with this to renew it. It's a common thing, the problem is it is really not easilly reversable, if at all...obviously theres a very fine line as to what you can do to the surface that will not affect the leaf and it's sizing underneath....I have heard James speak of fuming with Methylene Chloride, but I have never tried it, and I would assume that to get the surface affected enought to loosen the Alkyd layer would risk the unerlayment of gold too...old Alkyd varnish is tough stuff to remove.

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