Historic Cast Iron and Rivoted Steel at the Maitland Art Center

The Renaissance Man team have completed antique metal restoration work on another recognized Florida State Historic Site.

The Maitland Art Center was founded as an art colony in 1937 by visionary American artist and architect, André Smith (1880-1959). Their slogan is Discover, Engage, Inspire and we were honored and thrilled to be engaged for the restoration of their wrought iron entrance gate.

For this project, Kevin ended up transporting the historic metalwork hundreds of miles back to the Pensacola shop for the restoration of the historic riveted steel and cast iron fancywork and gate. The metalwork needed to be first sandblasted, then treated with two different compounds. First a tannic acid treatment for rust removal, and secondly a bath of phosphoric acid, which transforms the iron oxide  created by rusting to iron phosphate, which creates it’s own protective coating on the iron and steel.

Click on any image for a short slideshow or read all about it and take a tour of this incredible place on our blog.