Putting the finishing touches on the Church exterior
We stripped the paint from the wooden frames around the stained-glass windows so we could repair the existing woodwork, and where needed we installed new frames. To remove the paint on the external walls, we used the TORC cleaning method. This means cleaning the exterior of the building without using chemicals, to ensure all old and decaying paint was removed from the structure without impacting the building.
To ensure we did not pollute the surrounding land with old paint chippings, we built an embankment around the church before we began the TORC cleaning, this allowed us to carefully collect and remove any waste. We then replaced the old paint with a fresh coating, ensuring the external church walls are protected.
Removing the paint revealed the corrugated iron which is attached to the external church walls. We applied paste and used paint removal blankets to the timber, to ensure we were taking the necessary safety precautions in case of any lead content in the old paint. The old paint sticks to the blankets, which prevents paint chippings falling and contaminating the ground and surrounding land. Once all the paint was removed, we repaired the existing woodwork and installed new frames where needed.
We also refurbished the church roof before removing the scaffolding. To ensure the paint fused to the roof and to prevent any rusting, we replaced all old and damaged fixings, any rust and then applied a layer of primer paint to the roof before spraying on the top coat. We also found a leak in the roof above the organ, so this was repaired before the topcoat was finished.
Finally, we began to carefully remove the scaffolding to unveil the restored church exterior once the roof was completed.