Statement pieces can really transform a space and metal finishes can take those statement pieces to the next level. KC Restoration specializes in the custom refinishing service of patina where skilled artisans utilize chemical processes on the surface of metal to highlight the rich hues and undertones of the metal or to bring an aged effect or numerous other artistic colors, grains, and patterns. As each patina is handcrafted, your space is getting an artistic piece that is uniquely yours. Whether for home or office, be sure to ask your contractor for a custom patina that will perfect your space.
Downtown Olathe is home to one of the metro’s gorgeous fountains that features the bronze “Children of the Trails” statue by local artist Kwan Wu. KC Restoration’s technicians recently had the honor of refinishing the sculpture as well as the circular steel water feature and decorative rockwork at its base . All the figures from the pioneer boy and girl running Westward to their dog and the birds flying overhead received a specialty patina wax treatment to enliven and protect the metal artwork. Refinishing of the rainbow-like arches that support the figures included removing rust and realigning grain of the stainless steel. The greater level of rust on the base steel circle due to its function in creating the fountain’s waterfall was cleaned, bringing back the metal’s beautiful brightness and random graining patterns that emulate the eddies and flow of water. Technicians also deep cleaned the limestone cap circling the fountain edge, the granite boulders and riverrock that build the effect of a Kansas stream. Our thanks to the Johnson County Government team who support such public art in our hometown and who could not have been better to partner with for this project!
If you followed our earlier post about the cleaning chemicals that can cause problems on the metal surfaces accenting the beauty of your building, you’ll want to check out today’s tips on how best to clean bronze, copper, and stainless steel in between professional metal refinishing or metal maintenance services.
Whether you have bronze, copper, or stainless steel, if a protective clear lacquer finish has been applied, cleaning and maintenance should be minimal. Here are guidelines for you and your cleaning crews to follow:
Note: If you are waxing or mopping floors near your metal surfaces, we recommend that you follow the above steps to wipe any materials, chemicals, or moisture that is splashed onto the metal from the work on the floors. Wax and dirty mop water is very damaging if left to dry on metal, as well as wood bases or stone.
Never use the following:
Remember that the above steps are for lacquered metal. Bronze and copper should have a lacquer to protect it from turning brown and tarnishing from fingerprints, food, or other oils it comes in contact with. For stainless steel there is the possibility that the metal has not been lacquered, and for those instances, here are some cleaning tips to follow.
We hope that these pointers help keep your metal its brilliant best. If you have any additional questions, we’d love to hear them. Email us at email@example.com