This is the first project I took on under the Housewright name.
This scale is on display at in the lobby at 540 Beatty Street as a heritage feature. Originally there were two scales; one located at the loading bay and the other at the rear of the main floor. They were stored on site throughout construction, and as such had accumulated a layer of concrete slurry and other dust. There was also some damage to some pieces and some missing. However, there were only enough useable parts to build one complete scale–but they had to be assembled. I was able to find enough information to assemble so that it could be functional again.
I cleaned all parts with a brass wire brush and mild detergent. Previous to work on the building, the wood cross member had sustained water damage. On the top-side the varnish had failed some time ago and the wood had some water related damage. I had to use a scraper to remove the damaged wood (testing showed the wood was too far gone to absorbed any finishes). Some patina was lost, obviously. The original branding, visible in the photo, was still in excellent condition.
After cleaning, much of the paint and finish were lost. I applied a black semi-gloss oil paint directly over the remaining paint on the cast iron pieces to protect it from rust. The brass needed no such treatment. I am on the fence on the wood finish I used: clear polyurethane. Polyurethane will make any future restoration difficult, as it will want to take any other finish (including the lettering) should removal be required. Keeping in mind that the scale sits in a high traffic area (directly beside the entrance to the main elevator), and has no other protection, plans or requirements for maintenance in place, this treatment recovers some virtue. It will give excellent protection and can be re-coated to renew the protection.