These sculptures are protected by several layers of shellac a natural varnish wish does not attract dust and will protect the sculpture from moisture. Thus, very little maintenance is required.
The sculpture is not suitable for outdoor display and must be kept dry at all time. Do not use moisture to clean.
Prolonged exposure to heat or direct sunlight must be avoided as high temperature may cause the glue to expand and temporarily separate some of the layers.
Should a refresh of the varnishing become necessary, it can be accomplished as follows:
In a glass jar, mix a handful of Shellac flakes. ( available from most art supplies stores.) with an equal amount of alcohol (Methylated spirit.) Let the flakes dissolve for 2 to 3 hours.
During that time, clean the surface of the sculpture with a chip brush or a dry soft cloth. (no water.)
When ready, use a chip brush to apply the shellac over the sculpture, taking care of stretching the varnish and to not let it puddle anywhere.
It will dry out in a few hours depending of the conditions.
Avoid working in humid conditions.
One layer is sufficient to revive the varnish.
MDF is a very stable and durable material.
Acrylic carries static electricity which tends to attract dust. A customary dusting off may be required from time to time.
Light glue marks and dark laser burn marks may be visible in places. These marks cannot be removed and are part of the piece for posterity. Any attempt to remove such marks will do more harm than good.
The acrylic sculptures are suitable for outdoor display, except perhaps in heavy frost condition as water may have seeped between layers and expand upon freezing, applying undue pressure between layers. Over several years, this process may weaken the structure.
High quality acrylic is used and sold as being UV resistant, however, only time will tell. It is possible than prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will dull the shine and affect the aspect of the sculpture.
These sculptures are cast in silicon bronze and have received an artificial patina. Patina is the natural process of metal oxidisation which modifies and darken the natural coppery colour of the alloy over time. This process is considerably accelerated by the artist by applying several oxides at various temperatures.
Chemicals residues may remain active for many years and subtly affect the colour of your bronze. The sculptures have been sealed by a layer of shoe wax which will protect exposure to the atmosphere and prevent further oxidation.
Should the sculpture become dull under frequent handling, its shine can be revived with a soft cloth.
The resin figurines have been finished with several layers of a quality enamel.
This paint is very durable and can be washed with soapy water.
However, accidental shock may cause the paint to chip resulting in unsightly dents in the surface.
Should a touch up become necessary, first sand down the affected area using a fine sandpaper.
Use a quality enamel spray can of quality enamel of the same colour. Most enamels are compatible and will adhere on the previous coat without any preparation required. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
It is possible that you will not find the exact same colour, in which case you may have to repaint the entire figurine instead of a simple touch up. It is preferable to apply several thin layers rather than one heavy one, this to avoid runoffs.
Some of these figurines have been sold without any paint finish, in which case it is possible that the resin has discolored under the effects of UV. The only possible remedy is to paint over the resin. Follow the same instructions as above.