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Post Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:22 am

how do i go about cleaning a sandstone statue?

I have a job to do which involves cleaning a carved statue. It has years and years of white masonry paint which is now beginning to flake off in sheets......but only around the bottom of the statue. Does anybody know if sandblasting is the way to go on this job......will the sandstone (which to my mind is quite soft) stand up to it? If not is there any other way to clean this 'completely', as I don't want ridges on it.
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Post Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:33 pm

Hi Harry!
Would'nt recommend sanblasting!!
decorative plasterers use a heavy jelly type stripper which dries like rubber and pulls away layers and layers of paint without damage then simply wash the residue away - you might get a tub handy
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Post Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:29 pm

Unlike mike i would recommend sandblasting, as I do it :D

Look for a Farrow Systems operator, it is the rolls royce of blasters using water and grit, it is used in the restoration of many delicate items, and can strip one layer of paint at a time, they recon you can take ink of paper with it!!

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Post Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:33 pm

Tell neighbor kids it's fondant and have them lick it off!
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Just kidding.
Love....Jill
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Post Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:30 pm

Although messy. Nitromors? Or a heat gun & a stiff wire brush.
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Post Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:34 pm

Thanks folks...Nitromors is not an option David as the paint is water based.

Can't find anyone local using that system Dave. And transporting this piece isnt really an option due to weight and the risk of damage.

Anyone know the name of the product Mike Kenny is talking about?
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Post Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:06 pm

Product Mike is talking about might be 'ready strip' available online from http://www.qvcuk.com. I have never used it myself but if you believe the tv add it works brilliantly.
I know that there is a Nitromors for waterbased paints... that should work... I would have thought.......
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Post Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:04 am

Harry it is a portable system, comes on a trailer and the last time I was searching Farrow Sytems I did see an Irish operator on the list. Do a search for Soda Blasting that will do the trick also.

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Post Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:00 pm

product i've seen used is called" PEEL AWAY" dont know where to get though - sorry
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Post Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:53 pm

I had a mate once tried to clean a statue by putting it through a car wash.
Broke the bleeding arms off didn't it :roll:
Customer was not pleased :-?

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Post Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:10 pm

Thanks for that lads! Looking for an Irish supplier of Peel Away. SOunds like something I need after a sun holiday!:D God!.......remember the Sun?

Phill: haven't you got something you should be doing? :D :D
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Post Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:13 pm

Maybe something like this..

http://www.paint-stripper.co.uk/
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Post Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:17 pm

i typed 'stripper' into google and something else came up :wink: :oops:
sorry i cant be helpful

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