Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-L4 Hispanic Garden
Title: [Letter to Dr. Adams re bronze preservation]
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Title: Letter to Dr. Adams re bronze preservation
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-L4 Hispanic Garden
Physical Description: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Green, Pete
Publication Date: 2000
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
97 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Hispanic Garden (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 97 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.894996 x -81.312832
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091358
Volume ID: VID00019
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B8-L4

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126 Oneida Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084 (904) 829-6761

October 12, 2000

Restoration Proposal for the Staue of Don Pedro Menendez

The bronze statue of Don Pedro Menendez in front of City Hall in St. Augutine, Florida is in need of both a
surface treatment and structural reinforcement of its base. If left untreated, the condition of the statue will
worsen to the point that conservation of the statue will be more extensive and costly.
Due to a lack of maintenance, the wax finish on the bronze has all but disintegrated over the years. Raw
metal is exposed throughout most of the surface. Corrosion which is evident by light green to gray areas is
present and must be removed by blasting with ground walnut shell. At this point, the corrosion has not resulted
in the loss of detail, but will if left in its present condition. The following is an outline of the procedures to be
performed in order to alleviate the surface problems of the statue:
-The statue will be blasted clean using 60/200 mesh ground walnut shell at 25-30 psig. The blasting will not
remove the statue's patina but will remove pale corrosion as well as dark grime.
-After blasting, a washing with Vulpex Soap (a conservator's soap which is neutralized with water) will be
performed to remove any particles left by the blasting.
-Once the statue is thoroughly dry, it will be treated with a two percent solution of the corrosion inhibitor
Benzotriazole suspended in hot water and ethanol. Two coats of Benzotriazole will be applied to most of the
statue with an additional coat being applied to areas more prone to corrosion such as the shoulders and the head.
-Once the Benzotriazole treatment is complete, any residual crystalline deposits of the chemical will be
removed with water.
-To apply the wax coating to the statue the surface will be heated to 175 degrees F using a propane torch. The
wax to be used will be a mixture of the following: Bareco Victory Brown and Victory Light waxes, Polywax
2000, Polywax 500 and Petrunuba in a solution of Naptha. This mixture of waxes has been formulated to
achieve a high melting point and hardness while not becoming brittle. Two coats of hot wax will be applied
along with a final thin coating of paste wax.
There are hairline fissures present on the base of the statue in the area of the four mounting pins. It appears
that there is pressure on the unsupported bronze which if ignored, will become a structural problem to the seven
foot tall statue. The base should be TIG welded from underneath to seal and reinforce the fissures. In addition,
a 316 L stainless steel armature which will take pressure off the bronze should be placed under the base upon
reinstallation. Lead shims would be placed in between the stainless steel and bronze surfaces.
Futhermore, the corroding wax surface has stained the cast concrete top of the statue's pedestal. It is visually
distracting and should be cleaned by carefully breaking down the wax with Acetone and thoroughly washing the
surface with Vulpex Soap and flushing with water.
The surface treatment described above is not intended to be the final step in the maintenance of this statue. A
wax coating can be expected to last for a little more than a year in our climate. It is strongly recommended that a
light washing and reapplication of wax be performed every year. Without regular maintenance, the metal
surface will become exposed to the elements and begin to corrode once again.
The work described will be performed for a cost of $5,500 with the City of St. Augustine responsible for the
deinstallation, transportation to and from the City's work space, storage during the time which work is
performed then reinstallation.

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