Friday, April 4, 2008

Antique Lighting Repair

No matter how strong the antique lighting, there come a time when it will break or fade in color. You can still restore them instead of throwing them away. With some knowledge of restoration, you can use them again for your home. Since you have invested in these rare lights, why not keep them for your posterity.

Depending on the degree of damage, adhesives have proven itself in vintage lighting repair. When I say adhesives, the first thing that you think of is glue. Glue can put two broken parts together again. You also need to factor in the humidity especially if these fixtures are made of wood. As they age, the humidity will weaken the wooden structure.

Glue may not be a good solution if the materials used for the lights are made of other substances besides wood. Nevertheless, it does help in restoring rare lighting and fixture that are made of wood.

As far as vintage lighting repair is concerned, you also need to familiarize with different types of glues. Some does not need any pressure when in contact with the surfaces. Others may need a certain amount of pressure before they can bond the two surfaces completely. Never use brands that are unheard off. Established brands of glues are the ones you should use. Always read the instruction first before you apply them on your classical lamps or fixtures.

You may need to use slow-setting glues for some lighting repairs. This kind of glue require more time for the binding to take place. You may need to clamp both pieces together for a certain period of time.

Choosing the right glue for the repair can never be overlooked. For example, you don't use synthetic glues because they are very poor in lasting especially of the lighting items need to endure pressure when in display. For brass, you can use epoxy resins. They usually come in two tubes. You must mix both of them before using.

As you can see, knowing which adhesives to use for the antique lighting repair is important. Each material uses different kind of glue. You can't the same glue which you use on wood for alabaster. Therefore, don't assume if you don't know because it will make your rare possession in the worst shape than before. If you are not careful, then the whole piece will not able to be restored.

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