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Subject: Removing paint from concrete reliefs

Removing paint from concrete reliefs

From: Mark Vine <vpackthread<-a>
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Annefloor Schlotter <annefloor22 [at] hotmail__com> writes

>... A part of
>the internship involves the investigation of removing paint from
>concrete surfaces (walls and ceilings) in a monumental building from
>the 1950s. It also concerns several abstract concrete reliefs
>(concrete has been cast with a wooden mould, creating a relief in
>the concrete walls). According to the (now 84 years old) artist
>these were intended to be unpainted, but in the past the reliefs and
>the rest of the building have been "cheered up" with bright colours
>of unknown types of house paints. Together with the owner and
>renovating architect we are considering removing (all) the paint
>from the concrete.

One non caustic solution to the removal of paints from concrete
might be Safe Paint and Varnish Remover. This pH 7, clear colourless
gel contains a number of biodegradable non corrosive ingredients
including neutral surfactants and 11% ethanol.

For a full technical and MSDS sheet contact our UK or American

Mark Vine
Conservation Resources (UK) Ltd
Cowley, Oxford, UK

                  Conservation DistList Instance 22:8
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Received on Wednesday, 30 July, 2008

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