Saturday, 2 January 2010

Progress report

A visit to Unicorn Kiosk Restorations during the Christmas holidays provided some useful information and bits and bobs.

We purchased a new leather door restraining strap, a large steel glazing frame and a glazing pin set.

On New Year's Eve, we fitted the strap, changed the light bulb as it had blown and removed a couple of existing broken plastic moulded large panes. We removed the putty and checked our frame would fit with the laminate glass we intend on fitting. We discovered we have one large original cast iron glazing frame and nearly all the small glazing frames are original.

During the restoration, the small panes will be left as they are if they are not broken, whereas all the large panes will be replaced as they are the moulded plastic type and look awful.

Things to do:

We are going to remove as much of the paint as possible using paint remover - we don't have the luxury of sand blasting as the kiosk is concreted into the ground. We will choose a side at a time, and remove the paint, red oxide prime it and then paint it before reglazing that side of the kiosk.

Alan is going to make all the large glazing frames and the glass will be supplied by Glassmaster, a local glazing business in Brookwood.

The back board in the kiosk is original and we are going to sell some advertising to add some funds to the ongoing preservation. Letters will be sent out to local businesses and organisations.

A locking mechanism will be fitted to prevent the door being opened and the inside continuing to be used as a litter bin / toilet.

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