Monthly Archives: August 2011

1,000 Visits!

As of yesterday (Aug 14th) we have had 1,000 visit to our site!

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New Westminster Heritage Workshop a Hit

Click the link to read an article from local paper, The Record, on workshop hosted by the City of New Westminster:

New Westminster Heritage Workshop a Hit

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Historic Kilby Photos

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Here are a few pictures from the museum archives.

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Kilby: Phase I Complete

As of last Thursday (July 28th) this first phase of the work at the Kilby Historic Site was completed.  With scaffold erected, Enviro-Vac (a hazardous material remediation company) completed the removal of loose lead paint and caulking from the exterior of the building.  They also took care of some asbestos-covered piping which was exposed to the public space on the interior.

The foreman, Corey, was professional and a pleasure to work with.  The workers–their specialty being in safe work not fine restoration–had some learning curve with regards to removing paint without damaging the siding.  While there are a few places where we will have to smooth out scratches and gouges, the workers improved their technique as the job progressed.

The thing I have always found about scraping paint when you are not trying to remove all is that not matter how carefully you do it, the next day there are always sections where the paint is separating the next day.  The overnight moisture and the cool-warm cycle cause the paint and the wood to expand and contract at different rates, thereby separating the two.  NEVER sand to blend the two.  First, thinner paint film is more prone to curling when you start painting, and second you must go back to your lead abatement practices and at a higher hazard level.  I would recommend a slightly heavier coating of primer (always prime bare wood, regardless of the label on the paint can) which will fill the gaps and better adhere the old paint to the wood.  On this job we will be adding a second full coat of primer (not too rare in my heritage experience) followed by two coats of finish paint.  This will blend the surface nicely and maintain the patina.

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