Re: Re: Buckeye Bell/Vanduzen & Tift
The patina is a chemical reaction with the bronze that provides a protective coating to the bell and should not be removed if the bell is to be kept out of doors. A brass or bronze wire brush and a good detergeant and water is all that is needed to remove bird droppings and dirt from the bell. Do not use a steel wire brush as steel is harder and will scratch the bronze. If there is paint dropping on the bell, use a solvent paint remover, but expect the patina to be different under the paint. It may take several years for that patina to match the remainder of the bell.
Enjoy your bell and its melodious sound.
Harry Long, MD