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Renovation of a chimney plate

Decorated with a light pattern, this old mantel has regained a lost luster over the years. The patina on which it is protected, based on graphite, catches the light and draws attention to the lightness and elegance of its decor, cleaner to dress a lovely little boudoir fireplace that rustic country house.

Necessary material

  • Wire brush
  • Iron deoxidizer
  • Brush
  • Sponge

Renovation of a chimney plate: chimney

1. Found in a materials merchant, this old chimney plate has suffered the ravages of time and rust, favored by the humidity of the storage places, tries to attack at heart. A vigorous metal brushing will have to clear the plate of remaining soot, ash and rust not adherent but encrusted in the reliefs of the protruding patterns.

Renovation of a chimney plate: renovation

2. Then brush the deoxidizer iron over the entire plate with emphasis on the reliefs. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse with plenty of water.

Renovation of a chimney plate: renovation

3. Brush the surface again, but this time to remove the whitish deposits left behind from the deoxidizing treatment and allow to dry for 24 hours.

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4. Then spread on the plate, the ironwork-cast iron cream, with a brush but always in thin layers so as not to foul the reliefs. Leave to dry for 2 hours then polish so that the plate and its patinated reliefs anthracite gray, hang the light well for an original decorative effect.

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Renovation of a chimney plate: light

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