1-440-774-4215 mckaylodge@gmail.com

The company is well equipped, knowledgeable and practiced in the provision of the following services equally well on-site and at our large shops.

INDUSTRIAL COATINGS

Surface Preparation

Surface preparations for optimal bonding of coatings by abrasive blasting to specified mil profiles using a variety of media. Also chemical stripping.

Chemical preparation of aluminum to overcome the problems of poor bonding to naturally formed oxides after blasting.

Surface profile measurement and documentation using electronic gauges and replica tape.

Applications

Spray applications of organic and inorganic zinc corrosion inhibitive primers, epoxy primers, and top coatings including acrylic aliphatic urethanes, engineered siloxanes (such as PSX700), military flat paints, and fluorpolymers.

Measurement and documentation of dry film thicknesses using electronic gauges.

Applications of coatings by HVLP guns, airless spray guns, and air-assist airless guns.

Inspections and Failure Analyses

Industry standard coatings inspections and determinations of failures by our staff.

Certified NACE Coatings Inspector (National Association of Corrosion Engineers).

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Adhesion testing and determinations of safe ability to overcoat using ASTM D 4541 and relevant equipment.

Specifications Writing

Preparation of industry-standard industrial coatings specifications to very sophisticated levels by our staff specifier for large and complex coatings projects in difficult environments including: specifications of appropriate products, inspection points, safety and environmental protection.

Staff specifier was trained by industry leader KTA-TATOR of Pittsburgh.

Knowledgeable in industrial coatings industry products for specific applications.

Corporate member of SSPC (The Society for Protective Coatings, formerly The Steel Structures Painting Council).

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Original color determinations and reproductions as well as gloss measurements by hand-held instrumental analysis.

Familiar with color systems such as RAL and Federal Standard 595C.

BRONZE & OTHER METALS SURFACE PREPARATIONS AND CLEANINGS

Dry Ice Blasting

Using our own CO2 blast equipment we gently and effectively remove old resin and wax coatings from bronze for the reception of new protective coatings. Also for the cleaning of metals free from dirt, graffiti, adhesives and other contaminants.

JOS and WIN Water/Abrasive Cleaning

Gentle cleaning away of dirt and undesirable surface materials by low pressure injection of abrasives within a water jet using conventional WIN (water injection nozzles) and German proprietary JOS nozzles.

High Pressure Water Cleaning

High pressure water cleaning both cold, hot and by steam.

BRONZE PATINATIONS

Hot

Applications of various chemicals to achieve a variety of colors on bronze.

Cold

Applications of a variety of chemicals without heat to color bronze.

BRONZE PROTECTIVE COATINGS

Waxes

Formulation of protective wax mixtures for specific environments and effects.

Continued research in the best waxes.

Applications of waxes by heat and cold paste waxing.

Resins

Selection and correct applications of Permalac and BronzeShield resin coatings (among others).

BRONZE CASTINGS

Moldmaking

We prepare all molds for most castings.

Pourings

Bronze pouring takes place at the foundry (Studio Foundry) located less than 30 miles away and is the foundry which our senior sculpture conservator once managed. Our lead conservator of public art also managed a bronze foundry (in California).

We are intimately knowledgeable and experienced in all bronze foundry work.

MECHANICAL REPAIRS

Bearings Replacements

We source and replace bearings and make other critical repairs to kinetic sculptures.

We are experts in the maintenance of George Rickey kinetic sculptures and work with the George Rickey Estate in maintenance of the artist’s sculptures which frequently require bearings replacements.

Motors

Troubleshooting, replacement and repair of a variety of kinds of electric motors, large and small.

Specifiers for better replacement fountain pump motors and calculations for optimal new motors for specific pools and water features.

Sheet Metal

Repairs to sheet metal by straightening, rolling, replacement, soldering, welding and fasteners.

Installations of our shop sheet metal replacement fabrications.

LIGHTING

Experienced in the selection and installation of area, directed, and fountain pool under water  lighting with licensed electricians.

Offering LED lighting replacements for existing lighting.

WELDING, ETC.

Portable Welding

Oxy-acetylene field welding.

MIG and TIG field welding with our equipment and rented 30 amp generator (all other forms shop only).

Specifications and oversight of portable welding services.

Soldering

All alloys lead soldering.

Brazing

Shaping and Annealing by Heal

STAINLESS STEEL ISSUES

Corrosion and Removal

Elimination and prevention of stains and pitting by acid passivation.

Corrosion source troubleshooting.

Prevention of fountain pool corrosion of stainless steels through chemical selection and water chemistry balancing.

FOUNTAINS

Experts in all aspects of fountains both old and new.

Troubleshooting

We troubleshoot operational problems, leaks and difficulties in maintenance.

Mechanical Re-Designs

We offer better mechanical designs for problematic complex fountain systems.

Pool Repairs and Installations of Liners

We perform masonry pool repairs and the replacement of pool liners.

Artificial Waterways

We provide design and re-design services, as well as complete repairs and operational improvements, for artificial waterways including ponds and waterfalls.

Seasonal Maintenance

We provide fountain annual inspections, fall shut-down and spring start-up services.

Maintenance and Operational Manuals

We write fountain maintenance and also operational manuals for fountains.

INSTALLATIONS AND REMOVALS

Anchoring

We are experienced and knowledgeable in properly anchoring artworks of even monumental scale to pedestals and footers. And similarly for proper removal of anchored structures.

Rigging

We perform our own rigging and also guide professional riggers in safe slinging, lifting, crating, tarping and transport of artistic structures, especially those with delicate surfaces or where knowledge of internal structure and potential internal weaknesses is necessary for safe handling.

MOSAICS AND TILE

Repair

We install and repair tile walls as well as artistic pavers, including wall substrate construction, stabilization and repairs as well as ground preparations for paver installations.

Relocations

One of our unique specialties is the removal of “permanently” installed interior and exterior wall mosaics and relocating them to new buildings; rebuilding the mosaics onto portable, modular aluminum support panels so that they can be easily relocated in the future.

CONCRETE

Specifications

We are knowledgeable in specifying concrete mixes for specific unique applications in Public Art constructions.

Shotcrete

Experienced in shotcrete applications

Coloring and Coating

Experienced in specifying and applying optimal colorants and mineral coatings to concrete.

Repair and Stabilization

We repair cracks and corroded reinforcing bars, as well as provide vapor deposition corrosion control for embedded steel. We perform patching and crack injections.

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CONCRETE DEMOLITION

We are knowledgeable on the tools and capabilities of the concrete cutting and drilling industry to a degree that we partner well with members of the industry in specifying means and methods and also provide oversight when artworks are involved.

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MORTARS

We perform specialty mortar installations into cracks and also tuck pointing, especially requiring mortars for soft or fragile old stone and where color matching is critical.

We are a trained and authorized JAHN products installer.

Researchers in mineral mortars.

STONE CLEANING

Laser

Our staff includes a laser operator with extensive experience in its use in cleaning of stone.

Water Method Cleaning

Providing low and high pressure, safe and effective cleaning, using booth cold and hot water, as well as steam cleaning.

 

 

Micro-Abrasive Cleaning

Providing gentle but effective low pressure, fine mineral and other media abrasive cleaning where appropriate.

Chemical and Poultice Methods

Providing an extensive array of materials and methods using chemicals for the general cleaning removal of difficult stains from stone.

STONE CONSOLIDATION & POLISHING

Bonding

Providing expert joining of broken stone with adhesives.

Pinning

Provides expert stone joining by drilling and stainless steel pinning.

Injections

Providing consolidative acrylic injections of small fissures.

Penetrating Consolidants

Experienced applicator of HCT100 and OH100 penetrating consolidants.

Filling

Color matching the filling of losses in stone.

Polishing

Expert at wet diamond polishing of stone surfaces.

STONE CUTTING AND CARVING

Sourcing and Cutting / Dutchman

Knowledgeable in sources of matching stone and skilled in cutting and in Dutchman installations.

Carving and Lettering

Providing sophisticated stone carving and lettering services in our associated studio four (4) miles from our facility operated by Fairplay Stonecarvers, LLC.

 

SAFETY

We maintain knowledge of OSHA safety regulations.

Confined Spaces

We have in place ready to make applicable to specific locations a Space-Specific Written Compliance Program for Permit-Required Confided Spaces.

We fully meet 29CFR1910.146.

Scaffolding and Fall Protection

Our field staff have been trained in 29CFR1926.450(L) and in 29CFR1926.500(M

Operation of Aerial Lift Equipment

Our field staff  have been trained in the use of aerial lifts.

Operation of Forklifts

We have staff trained and capable in the operation of fork lifts and telehandlers.

CRANE RIGGING AND HANDLING

Operation of our 15 ton mobile crane and 12,000 lb. capacity Cat telehandler for offloading and loading sculpture deliveries and handling during work procedures.

AUTOMOTIVE PAINT CENTER

We have staff trained by PPG in automotive coatings products and their applications.

We have an in-house PPG automotive painting center with a computerized mixing station and fully stocked color mixing bank and a large spray containment for sculptures up to 22 feet high.

SHOP SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT

Operation of oxy-acetylene, arc welding, T.I.G., M.I.G. equipment;

lead welding;

plasma cutters;

natural gas and compressed air torches;

high temperature welding;

hand forge welding;

soldering, riveting, crimping;

hot and cold forging and raising, stretching methods;

wire drawing (mechanical and by hand);

rolling mill operation for sheet metal, tempering, roping, fluting, annealing, inlay;

engraving;

planishing;

burnishing by hand and with granular metallic and diamond oxides;

cutting, drilling, lapping and polishing;

use of acids and non-corrosive dry acid compounds;

drill press operation;

mill and lathe operation;

rotary stationary and portable saws and sanders;

belt sanders;

belt saws;

all common hand metal, wood and stone working tools;

power shears and sheet metal saws and bending devices;

compressed air grinders;

use of grinding head burrs, bits and buffs;

gravity, pressure and vacuum casting methods;

foundry operation;

mold making;

wax work,

gating, investment and shell mold fabrication, pouring, chasing and patination;

gilding.

FRP (fiber-reinforced polymer) lay-ups, molding, repairs and painting:

carpentry; masonry techniques;

standard plumbing (cutting, threading, sweating); joinery;

extensive knowledge and applications of adhesive and abrasive products;

basic AC-DC circuitry diagnoses and repairs;

armoring;

pattern development;

plastics processing and fabrication;

kiln building and operation;

empirical and batch formula mathematics;

assembly, maintenance and repair for gas, wood, and electrically fired equipment;

industrial spraying equipment for painting, abrasive blasting, cleaning.