Creating a truly amazing looking bronze replication with Bronze Metallic Paint is not an easy task but thankfully, we have the best bronze metallic paints available which enable us to deliver top class results with any project we decide to complete on behalf of clients. Obviously, with any project the initial thing to do is to check the item which is to have the metallic bronze paint applied to it check thoroughly for any imperfections or repairs which are needed to bring it up to standard. Any structural repairs are completed and then the bronze metallic paint statue project has truly begun. As you can see in the image below, there was quite a ,lot of work which needed to be done but we were going to transform this statue to a glory which it had probably never seen before.
The next stage to pre clean & spray apply the 2k epoxy in a brown colour shade, this gives the statue a good base with which we can work from in order to ensure quality of the project all the way through. This was then baked for 35 min’s at 60 degrees before we moved on to the next stage and started to apply the next coat.
After first coat of primer
After the fits coat of primer has been baked and taken out of the over, and the statue is now in primer, we will key over the complete piece ready for the next primer coat, this time a 2k primer in the same brown shade. It is essential that we then allow 24 hours between each base coat.
Sand and Pre-clean
When we were happy with the base coats the next stage which is to sand & pre clean. This is a laborious task but again as with all stages, this is an essential task as it really does have an effect on the bronze paint coatings. After the sand and pre clean the liquid metal in bronze was mixed to the required ratio’s, strained and ready to spray.
The booth was set on a spray cycle with no heat, this allows the sprayer time to get around all of the tight spots and complete the spraying in one hit. When sprayed we leave the metal to rest for about an hour and then bake for approx. 35 minutes at 60 degrees.
Always best to leave the metals to dry through, we had this in storage for 3 / 4 days.
Next to the sanding and polishing, not an easy piece to patina, but with time and skill the piece was looking good.
For the final polish we used Renaissance wax.
This is a micro crystallized formula & works very well with our liquid metals.