The patina is the coloring on your sculpture. We use heat applied, chemical patinas along with some color pigments to derive the color(s) on your sculpture. This coloration is applied to the surface of the bronze &/or stainless steel. Once the patina is complete, a clear lacquer is applied to protect the patina and surface of the sculpture. The patina will change over time as the chemicals stabilize; this is a normal and expected process (like fine wine, it ages). However, placing your sculpture in UV lighting/direct sunlight will change the patina more rapidly and may fade the color pigment on your sculpture. Windows that block the UV and applying wax more frequently will slow down the process, but the sun will eventually have effects on the patina. It is best to light your sculpture with non-ultraviolet, electrical lighting to minimize the effects to the patina.
You may use a soft, cotton cloth to dust your sculpture on a regular basis. You may use a damp, cotton cloth when needed. If extra cleaning is needed, you may also use mild liquid dish soap.
Do not use any polishing compounds or household cleaners on the sculpture. This will remove the sealant on the sculpture, and introduce chemicals to the patina. This can make the patina unstable and destroy the surface of your sculpture.
Routine Surface Conditioning/Protection:
Wax your sculpture every 12 months for indoor pieces, and every 4 months for outdoor pieces. Increased physical contact with sculpture may require iadditional applications.
We recommend TreWax found at Ace Hardware or Kiwi brand neutral shoe polish. You will need to apply a light coat of wax to the sculpture with a soft cotton cloth, in a circular motion. Allow the wax to sit for 5 minutes or until it dulls. Then gently buff the sculpture with a clean soft, cotton cloth.
Do not over buff the sculpture. Some wax is to remain on the sculpture, as this is what protects the patina. (Think of waxing a car.)