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How Do I Keep the Beauty of Our Plaque?

Posted by Sacred Engraving on 12/30/2014
Your plaque is meant to be seen to show distinction, honor, and accomplishments. Of course you want to do your best to protect it and keep it looking paramount. When bronze is exposed to the elements, over time it becomes oxidized. Just like silver becomes tarnished over time, bronze becomes oxidized. Unlike tarnished silver, however, you must take a little more care to keep the oxidation process from occurring. Once the process begins, it’s more difficult to keep your plaque in its original state.

Some prefer the look of a Patina finish, which is a thin layer of chemical compound as a result of exposure to the elements, giving your bronze a greenish hue. Patina finish is basically bronze that’s been oxidized. If you prefer your bronze in its more polished, gold and copper hue, it’s important to care for it properly.

Wash your bronze with a soft cloth and mild soap and warm water. There is no need to go and buy expensive “cleaners.” These products actually do more harm than good. Use a tooth brush to get into any crevices and corners. Rinse with clear water to remove any soap residue. If you have a hose available, you can use this to ensure all soap has been rinsed away.

When bronze is sculpted, a thin layer of wax is applied to protect the finish. Some dealers claim that rewaxing your bronze after it’s been cleaned will help prolong oxidation. If you’d like to consider this as part of your cleansing process, make sure your plaque is completely dry before applying the wax to avoid trapping moisture under the coating.

Use a clear paste or carnauba wax, which can be found online or at most hardware stores. Avoid using car wax, as it tends to dry white and can be difficult to remove from nooks and crannies in your plaque. If you’d prefer to have your plaque refinished professionally, there are services available to prolong the life and beauty of your plaque.


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 How Do I Keep the Beauty of Our Plaque?
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 What is Cast Bronze?

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