How To Care For Your Vanderveen Bronze Sculpture
Congratulations on your sculpture purchase! The lasting medium of bronze will give you a lifetime of artistic enjoyment.
High Polished Areas:
Your sculpture may have areas that are bright and shiny. These are areas of the bronze that have been highly buffed to shine like gold. To keep these areas shiny, use a mild metal polish such as Wenol or Mother's Mag Wheel Cleaner. Put a small amount (unless the area is large and then you can use more) on a soft cloth and polish those areas only. Use another soft cloth to buff the area to a high shine. DO NOT GET THE METAL POLISH ON THE PATINA AREAS (colored finish). If metal polish should accidentally overlap the colored finish, wipe it off very gently with a clean soft cloth - you may need to gently wipe it several times to get the polish off, so each time you need to use a clean area of the cloth.
Marbled Red Patinas:
This is a reminder that the Marbled Red patina is more fragile than other patinas. This piece should NOT be waxed or rubbed in any way. Feather dusting is the ONLY recommended methods of cleaning a Marbled Red Sculptures. As with all other patinas, make sure that no high polish cleaner makes contact with the patinaed areas. Folloing these care guidelines will insure that your sculpture will remain beautiful.
Jewel Collection Patinas:
Use only the following product in the care of sculptures with the special Jewel Patinas: Johnson and Johnson Pledge Clear Spray Wax. Simply spray it on and wipe it off with a clean cotton cloth. (Please note that this product differs from the wax used on regular patinas.)
Your sculpture comes to you with a coat of wax that is put on at the foundry. Under normal conditions you will probably only have to feather-dust your piece. An occasional buffing with a soft, clean cloth will renew it's sheen. If you feel the patina area is losing it's sheen you can apply a thin coat of Johnson's Carnuba wax (clear wax, not yellow wax) with a soft cloth and buff it off. You will only have to do this every year or two - if at all.
Patinas Sensitive to Sunlight:
Blue/Green or any of the Light Blue patinas should not be placed in direct sunlight.