Outdoor bronze monuments and statues will have a better chance against the elements with a new protective coating just licensed by North Dakota State University.
NDSU’s Research Foundation has concluded a license agreement with Elinor Specialty Coatings, of Fargo, ND, for removable protective coatings for outdoor bronze monuments and statues. The agreement gives Elinor exclusive rights to further develop and market the technology, known as BronzeShield, developed at NDSU, Fargo.
BronzeShield is a proprietary polymer technology that is designed to preserve the original patina of the bronze while protecting monuments, art and architecture from salt, UV radiation, moisture and vandalism, researchers say.
|Dr. Dante Battocchi, of Elinor Specialty Coatings, says BronzeShield delivers advantages over current methods.|
Thousands of bronze monuments worldwide endure exposure to pollutants, temperature extremes and all types of weather, from hurricanes to blizzards, the developers say. “Left uncoated or improperly coated, statues can deteriorate, which may result in huge costs to restore them properly.”
“We believe it is a durable, yet maintenance-friendly, option for municipalities, museums and historical societies to protect history,” said Dr. Dante Battocchi, research and technical officer of Elinor Specialty Coatings.
‘A Great Opportunity’
BronzeShield provides shiny or matte protection similar to that of clear-coats on automobiles, yet can be removed with a simple, safe liquid coating remover, which eliminates the damage caused by traditional mechanical removal methods, Battocchi said.
Dale Zetocha, executive director of the NDSU Research Foundation, called the licensing agreement “a great opportunity to commercialize this research.” He added: “We are thrilled to see this specialty coatings technology reach the market through Elinor Specialty Coatings.”