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Maintenance of Lamp Posts & Other Metal Products

Lamp Posts Specifically

How to maintain your Lamp Post

Firstly it is important to note that our lamp posts are manufactured predominately from Cast Iron. Cast Iron even after a powder coating treatment is still susceptible to rust over time, generally any rust which forms will be largely superficial and you have a choice of allowing the lamp post to take on an age and authentic look or you can paint the lamp post with a metal based paint such as Hammerite. If you are looking to keep your lamp post in pristine condition, then we advise an initial layer of metal based paint is applied within the first 3-4 months of installation and then regular yearly or biyearly painting as required. It is important to note that as the lamp post is manufactured from such heavy duty materials, surface rusting will not affect the structural integrity of the lamp post in any way. Due to the nature of the product we always have to recommend the use of a qualified tradesperson. 

Component maintenance

Other component parts may also be susceptible to rusting or paint flaking over time.  These component parts can be maintained in the same way as Cast Iron, with regular painting, using a suitable metal based paint. 

Understanding how copper ages

Copper is a very traditional material used for the creation of Victorian lanterns, initially you will notice that the highly polished copper will take on an almost mirror like effect.  

Each lantern manufactured has a tough layer of stove lacquered applied to the surface which initially protects the copper from the elements, over time however the stove lacquer will be broken down allowing the copper surface to be slowly exposed to the outside air. The copper will then go through a slow process whereby it patinas down, gradually turning a deep and rich green colour.   Generally we advise our customers to only purchase a copper lantern if they are looking to achieve this colouration in the long term. 

How do I maintain the perspex

The Perspex supplied with our lanterns offers very similar level of transparency to glass, but with the added benefit of being much stronger. Perspex however is easily scratched, so it is important when the trades person is installing the lantern, due care and attention is given to avoid scratching the panes.


Post Boxes Specifically

How to maintain your Post Box

Our post boxes are supplied in a range of different materials, for ease of explanation we have seperate each metal as the level of maintenance does differ. 

Cast Iron:  Cast iron requires as little or as much maintenance depending on your personal preference.   Cast Iron is generally very thick, surface level rusting which cast iron is prone too generally does not affect the structural integrity of the piece.  If you want to keep cast iron in pristine condition we recommend sealing an chips or scratches which may occur during installation with a metal based paint.  We then recommend maintenance yearly or as require as some people prefer the aged rustic look of iron.   Many paints now contain primer, base coat and top coat in a single application.

Aluminium (die cast):  Die cast aluminium is a light weight method of creating highly detailed items without high material or delivery costs.   Whilst die cast aluminium will not rust in the same way as iron, a white powdery substance will appear on the surface where the bear aluminium is starting to oxidise. We recommend maintaining die cast aluminium frequently ensuring it always has complete coverage, as the bear metal will rust through generally quite quickly as the material is generally thin. 

Cast Aluminium: Cast aluminium offers advantages over both die cast aluminium and cast iron.  Utilising aluminium means we avoid the brown stain rusting normally found with iron, but also we are able to offer a much higher level of density than die cast aluminium.   Maintenance is as little or as much as required, generally it will be done annually or bi annually.  Remember when aluminium rusts it will show a white powder on the surface, which is generally not as charming as the aged look of iron.

 

Benches Specifically & Gazebos

Cast Iron:  Cast iron requires as little or as much maintenance depending on your personal preference.   Cast Iron is generally very thick, surface level rusting which cast iron is prone too generally does not affect the structural integrity of the piece.  If you want to keep cast iron in pristine condition we recommend sealing an chips or scratches which may occur during installation with a metal based paint.  We then recommend maintenance yearly or as require as some people prefer the aged rustic look of iron.   Many paints now contain primer, base coat and top coat in a single application.

Wooden components: Wood requires regular maintenance to avoid rotting.   Typically we advise following the recommendations of brands such as Sadolin or Ronseal.  A yearly maintenance schedule involving a light sanding and re-application is important. We recommend bringing benches in throughout the winter months to reduce the level of stress on productive coat. Many products now also container a wood hardener.  

Cast Aluminium: Cast aluminium offers advantages over both die cast aluminium and cast iron.  Utilising aluminium means we avoid the brown stain rusting normally found with iron, but also we are able to offer a much higher level of density than die cast aluminium.   Maintenance is as little or as much as required, generally it will be done annually or bi annually.  Remember when aluminium rusts it will show a white powder on the surface, which is generally not charming as the aged look of iron.

Other considerations

Areas which have high levels of air polution or are coastal with high levels of salt content present in the air will require more intense maintenace. We recommend taking the advice of a tradesperson with specific knowledge of your location for additional information.  

Ladders bars on all lamp posts are for decorative purposes only and should not be leaned against or climbed. We recommend the use of appropriate frame ladders or scalfold towers.