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  • An innovative multi-component fluoropolymer-based coating on outdoor patinated bronze for cultural heritage : durability and reversibility
    Masi, Giulia ...
    The application of protective coatings for the conservation of outdoor metallic artworks is currently considered the best approach actively employed. This paper focuses on the evaluation of the ... protectiveness of an optimised fluorosilane (FA-MS) coating with low occupational hazard impact and high inhibition efficiency. FA-MS coating was applied on a typical historical as-cast bronze (Cu-Sn-Zn-Pb), artificially patinated by synthetic acid rain dropping, to simulate natural unsheltered patinas. Subsequently, the patinated bronze was coated by brushing and then artificially aged by synthetic rain dropping. In order to investigate the coating-patina system, a multi-analytical approach was applied including scanning electron microscopy coupled with elemental analysis (FEG-SEM with EDS), microstructural analysis of cross-sections produced by Focused Ion Beam milling (FIB) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The coating homogenously covered the whole patinated surface producing a transparent layer few %ms thick. The weathering solutions were also analysed for the assessment of metallic cations release. FA-MS showed excellent protective performances for the patinated bronze exposed to simulated outdoor conditions. Very high values of inhibiting efficiency in terms of metal release in the weathering solutions (up to 99%) were measured. In order to investigate all the necessary requirements for application in conservation field, the durability of FA-MS was also tested on a real bronze artistic casting, in terms of limiting the alloy composition changes (measured by in situ XRF) over time. A good durability of the coating was observed during the ongoing field exposure test. Lastly, reversibility of FA-MS was investigated by applying different mechanical cleaning methods, such as brushing and blasting. The reversibility was assessed by the evaluation of the morphology (colour change, surface roughness and optical microscopy) and the composition (SEM-EDS and Py-GC-MS chromatography) of the cleaned surfaces. Cleaning by brushing proved to be an efficient method for removing this coating without significantly altering the bronze patina.
    Vrsta gradiva - članek, sestavni del ; neleposlovje za odrasle
    Leto - 2020
    Jezik - angleški
    COBISS.SI-ID - 17773827