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Is Brass Statue OK Outside in Winter

Q. Can I leave a vintage brass microscope outdoors in a children's activity area?

Jo Mueller
Museum Employee - Northumberland Pennsylvania
July 24, 2023

A. Hi Jo. Sorry, but I don't think that's a good idea. Brass will not resist the elements; you would need to coat it with brass lacquer [affil link] or Incralac [affil link], which may not work well with moving parts. Wax would help but you'd need to reapply it rather constantly (probably every 2 weeks).

Luck & Regards,

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Q. My wife and I have a brass statue from India. I don't know if it has any kind of varnish finish on it. Can you tell us if it's okay to leave this statue outside? Or would it need to have a finish? We live in the mountains; snow in Winter.

Thanks so much.

D. A. Metrov
- Mammoth Lakes, California, USA

(brass lacquer with benzotriazole)

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A. Your statue can be varnished --Incralac [affil link] is good for this purpose (USA product). You can use wax [affil link] (Uk product) too. Rubbing with linseed oil [affil link] is simplest way to protect Your sculpture.

Good luck!

Goran Budija
- Zagreb,Croatia

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