Products from Restorative Techniques were used to carry out cleaning and repairs to this Grade I listed church, which was built circa 1758.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin takes the form of a Greek cross plan, with an octagonal tower above the crossing. The church has been painted white - originally with a lime wash, then with Snowcem paint and finally with a non-breathable paint. This had caused a significant damp problem within the church and spalling to the bricks. The task was to remove the existing paint coatings and carry out the necessary masonry repairs.
The paint removal was achieved using a paint softener and the ThermaTech Superheated Water Cleaning System. On areas of firmly adhered paint coatings acrylic and polyurethane paint softeners were used. When the old coatings were removed, they were replaced the spalled bricks with matching reclaimed bricks. The existing lime pointing was matched using lime and sand.
The appearance of the church is much improved and the interior environment is showing the benefit of removing the non-breathable paint from masonry.
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