7 thoughts on “Gates Bill

  1. bisted

    …they could have sent them on a slow boat to China and back for a lot less time and money…anyway, didn’t Nora Casey fundraiser cover these costs?

  2. Paulus

    Papal visit – gates of Heaven – there’s a joke in there somewhere but I’m dammed (oops) if I can make it work.

  3. Slightly Bemused

    I am not sure why this is a controversy. Whatever about the cost, on which I cannot comment, on the restoration itself, this is not surprising.
    A good friend of mine did a similar job on a smaller set of gates from a local church, and it took him nearly as long.
    He said the first thing was to remove all the layers of paint from the years, and get down to the original metal. That took time and care, and had to be done by hand to avoid any damage to the underlying structure.
    (Aside: a local artist – also a friend of ours – wanted to take the layers of paint and make jewellery, but the lead content was too high in particularly the older paints)
    Then repair the sections that needed it – and rust happened despite those layers. Then he had to treat the metal with more modern treatments against rust before repainting.

    I imagine with the size and complexity of the Phoenix Park gates, this would take quite some time, assuming a similar process

    1. Alan

      Yeah, would be a massive job, can’t sand blast wrought Iron, as this would destroy the protective layer of the wrought Iron and the standard procedure would be to remove all the old paint by hand due to the high lead content of the paints used on the gates over the course of 100+ years as far as I am aware.

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