1. Zach
    June 22, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

    This is such a great post – thanks for sharing your project! I just completed a very basic restoration on a nineteenth-century cast iron statue, but I opted for the wire brush to save some dough and because I wasn’t sure what I would find underneath the paint. I was most intrigued by your pictures of the raw metal color after the sand blast – very cool.

    All the best, Zach


  2. Denise King
    July 12, 2016 @ 2:38 pm

    Paul has a way to make kitchen restoration money (or Craigslist fund ?) with those seats. Make ’em and sell them on E-Bay as antique replication ???


    • Denise King
      July 12, 2016 @ 2:39 pm

      I hate autocorrect -seat was originally “swags” when I typed it. Autocorrect tried to change it again here. ?


  3. susano
    July 13, 2016 @ 5:47 pm

    If you ever sandblast and have something painted again, go to an auto restoration place and get it done with auto paint. It’s a more durable finish than powder coating. I had my vintage expanded metal patio set spray painted by an auto body guy and it’s great. Finish/rustproof with this great product from Boeing (Paul will love):



  4. Jessica
    April 27, 2017 @ 11:21 am

    Great job, it really does look new! I’m wondering–how did you get the scroll pieces off the base to make the mold?!


  5. Monika Grotz
    December 5, 2017 @ 5:45 pm

    Love, love, love your restoration of the beautiful urn! You two are quite brave to tackle such a difficult task – congratulations.
    Would you please let me know where you took it for sandblasting – how did you find a place that specialized in it and where would you have taken it for powder coating if you would not have chosen to paint it yourself?
    Your response would be much appreciated.
    M. Grotz


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 6, 2017 @ 10:38 am

      We took it to Colonial Sandblasting (right near the Ben Franklin, on the Camden side)… we chose them because they had the capacity to do LARGE items… not everyone does! The place I’ve used before for powder coating moved, and I cannot remember their name! But they specialized in vintage patio furniture and I was able to see photos of their previous work.


  6. Alice
    March 15, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

    hello, Did you have to put a release agent in the mold so the bondo would come out and can you reuse the mold?
    thank you very much.
    A Fan


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 15, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

      hey, no we did not use anything between the mold and the bondo… I did see it suggested and passed that info on to Paul, but he ruled no (for no reason other than he wasn’t the one who did the googling, and also trying to convince him of something “because the internet says so” is challenging.) Yes, we could reuse the mold!


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