Plaque Care and Maintenance

Plaque Care and Maintenance

Yes, even Bronze Plaques can be impacted by a number of natural and local conditions - sunlight, extreme heat, water (chlorine, bore), chemical sprays (weed killer, industrial cleaners), salt, sand and wind.

Depending on the extent of exposure to these elements, the finish on a bronze plaque may begin to breakdown and gradually patina, acquiring a greenish hue. Regular care and maintenance helps to minimise some of these elements.

PLAQUE CARE

We recommend dusting a plaque with a soft house duster or microfiber / chamois cloth as required.

If more thorough cleaning is necessary

  • Use temperate, soapy water and a soft cloth (microfiber or chamois) to dislodge any dirt and debris from the surface of the plaque.
  • Rinse and dry.
  • Buff with a soft cloth.

NEVER USE solvents or harsh chemicals to clean as they will damage the protective coating applied during the manufacturing process. This includes bronze / metal cleaners (they require direct contact with the metal surface to be effective).

DO NOT use any abrasive materials such as steel wool or sandpaper or scrubbing with a brush when caring for bronze plaques. 

NATURAL WEATHERING

Regular care of a plaque will prolong the brilliant, fresh finish of a DP Jones plaque however over an extended period of time (many years), the original finish will gradually patina and show more of a greenish hue.  This finish is endearing to some and the plaque life is not compromised. However, if it's time for a refresh, a professional reconditioning should be considered to restore its original finish.

PROFESSIONAL PLAQUE RECONDITIONING

The best way to restore an older bronze plaque to 'like new' condition is to engage our services for a full recondition.  Please contact your cemetery trust or DPJones directly to arrange.

  1. The plaque is removed and brought back to our Kyabram manufacturing centre.
  2. The plaque is sandblasted to the raw metal, removing all of the old protective coating and background colour.
  3. A new, matching background colour is applied and the face is polished to re-highlight the beautiful bronze of the raised lettering, borders and motifs.
  4. Our protective clear coating is applied and the plaque is baked to ensure a lasting and pristine finish.
  5. The plaque is returned and refitted to location for many more years of commemoration and reflection.