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Damaged antique porcelain sink repairs at museum

Damaged antique porcelain sink repairs at museum

Damaged antique porcelain sink repairs at museum

As you might expect from an institution responsible for preserving artefacts from our past, when a West Country museum was in the process of refurbishing its washrooms, the decision was taken to repair rather than replace the badly scarred old antique sinks: an approach which Plastic Surgeon not only advocates, but is uniquely qualified to pursue.

The nationwide specialist was actually invited to quote for the work at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery by Bray and Slaughter, a contractor based in the region, and a regular customer of Plastic Surgeon. As a result, over a total of four working days, the quartet of 100 year old vitreous porcelain sinks were fully restored and ready to receive new plumbing fittings.

The approach taken was similar in many ways to the work Plastic Surgeon does for many local authorities and other clients, when rejuvenating old baths, and extending their working life. The physical damage being repaired and the entire surface repainted using the company’s proprietary paint systems.

The Finisher who was on site throughout the work recounts: “When we were called in by the contractor to look at the sinks in the Bristol Museum, the old taps had already been removed and it highlighted the extent to which the surface had been damaged. There were lots of small chips around the edges and across the soap ledge that were a couple of millimetres deep, while where the raised area around the taps themselves had been broken away, was more like 6-7 mm deep.

“Having roughened the repair areas with 80 grit abrasives to provide a better key, we then rebuilt the original profile using our two-pack filler. This of course had to be shaped and then smoothed to exactly match the original surface.

“The guidance from the client was to overcoat the entire surface of the four basins in order to make them look as good as possible, and so we started by spraying a couple of ‘dust coats’ in our System 20 paints: again to ensure a good key. Then after completing the colour treatment, this was followed by three coats of the System 20 lacquer to give long-lasting durability. The reaction from the site agent regarding the quality of the finish achieved was very positive.”

The success of Plastic Surgeon’s intervention for Bray and Slaughter at the Bristol Museum reflects much of the company’s activity, by repairing a building component which would be far more expensive to replace, or which in fact is no longer actually obtainable. Which is why using Plastic Surgeon’s services is now a preferred option for some of the UK’s biggest insurers, as well as many of its main contractors. Repairing rather replacing is almost always the economically and environmentally sound course of action.

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