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Friday, June 15, 2012

The Golden Girl

Several months ago I bought this vintage religious statue of Saint Anne from my friend Jenny. Someone had spray painted this gem a cheap gold. (Boo Hiss!)

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I have been attempting to restore her to her former pewtered glory. It’s not going so well.

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I would so love to see her sweet details more clearly.

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Some people might not understand why some religions create such statues. In the most simple terms it is kind of like a bobbleheaded hero from your favorite sports team. But better. They serve as a visual reminder/encouragement to be a better person. You can read about St. Anne here.

The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne ~Pieter de Witte, 1590 

Any advice on how to remove the rest of the paint without damage?

Laura

17 comments :

Jill Elaine said...

ugh. I feel your pain. That gold paint job was a huge no-no:( I wish I had a magic cure to pass along but I'm sure someone out there does. Keep us posted!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Sorry Laura I don't :( Good luck!!

Perfectly Printed said...

I have no idea, but I like you love St. Anne!!

Good Luck, Chris

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

The statue already looks better for your efforts. Unfortunately I haven't any suggestions to help you.
Warm regards.
P.S. I've just realised have many followers you have!!!!!

Auntie Em said...

Lovely statue, ugly paint. If you google paint removal from pewter there are a few recommendations for using nail polish remover. A lot of the tips are from folks repairing miniature pewter soldiers and the like. The one I thought made the most sense though was taking the piece to a good hardware or paint store and asking them which to use and see if they will test different ones out on a spot somewhere not noticeable.
Looks like quite a project. Would love to see it when you get it done. :)

Debbie said...

I hope you can get all that gold off and reveal her natural beauty. I couldn't agree more about getting rid of it. Now, to read about St. Anne...

Teresa said...

But what material was underneath the surely well intentioned gold paint? Wood, Iron.

I'm with Auntie Em here, ask those in the store. They will have good advice for you.

Looking forward for the wonderful result you'll come up with.

Be Blessed,

Teresa

It's All Connected said...

Instead of removing all the gold, why not age the rest to look original? Watered down, black craft paint can be drizzled over it and wiped off. It will dull the gold and stay in the cracks for patina. Here a link to how I did that with a picture frame - http://www.itsallconnected.ca/2012/01/reworking-picture-frame.html ~ Maureen

openid said...

Laura,
Have you tried a paint stripper? The problem with paint stripper is that it can evaporate before it has time to work properly. So the trick is to cover the metal item with the chemical stripper, then stick it in a plastic bag and let it sit for a while. Small items can be put in an old coffee can and covered with the stripper.Next, you wash off the chemicals and peeling paint. Take a wire brush or pad and work all the paint flakes off.
Hope this helps.
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

Maria (Magia Mia) said...

Gorgeous statue! So sad someone got over-zealous with spraypaint....:( That's my only beef with spray paint. People start looking for things to spray, just because they've got the can in their hand....

I don't know what you used, but have you tried spraying it with Citri-Strip paint remover? It's a natural chemical, and you may need more than one application, but it would be so worth it for something so beautiful.

Auntie Em said...

Hahahaha!!! I am sorry for replying the second time but as I was reading Maria's reply about people walking around looking for something else to paint...just because there is paint left in the can...I can relate and sadly am guilty of the same crime. I promise to not, never, ever, do this any more!!!! :D Hehehe! (But I do hate to waste paint!)

openid said...

Laura,
If you use a stripper, I recommend using a toothbrush to remove the loose paint.
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

michele said...

no ideas for restoring, but how fun to see these statues mean something to you too!!! i have st. anne as well, and i love her. i look at her everyday. i am not catholic btw. and you may remember i have a thing for religious iconography in general: crucifixes, rosaries, chaplets...these reminders make me feel at home and at peace.

smiles to you.

michele

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

I love religious images too! I love the look of antique ones but I haven't had the luck of finding a great one. If all else fails, spray paint away, my suggestion would be white or black, glossy, but if you do, the details would be gone though... :-(

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

I love religious images too! I love the look of antique ones but I haven't had the luck of finding a great one. If all else fails, spray paint away, my suggestion would be white or black, glossy, but if you do, the details would be gone though... :-(

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PinkPeony said...

It already looks so much better with the antiquing effect you have done.