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chipped brickwork
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Posted on November 18, 2014 Full Size| Slideshow

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8 Comments

karen
3:00 PM on November 19, 2014 
ok thanks everyone, I will experiment, but not with nail varnish! I find it is very difficult to get a close colour match. I do use acrylics but it can take a long time to get a close match & if I don't make enough, the new lot can be slightly different!
Dolls House Restoration
2:56 PM on November 19, 2014 
Please do not use anything water based to clean this. The water will seep behind the varnish and condense. This will cause the surface to "bloom" creating a milky look. You should use a conservator strength solvent. This can be soaked into cotton and left in place or placed nearby. Happy to discuss further.
Zoe H
9:11 AM on November 19, 2014 
Oops, yes indeed, Julie - nail varnish REMOVER! Thanks.
Brooksey
5:27 AM on November 19, 2014 
I think that Zoe meant to suggest nail varnish REMOVER, not nail varnish itself!
Sal
3:59 AM on November 19, 2014 
I would use dilute acrylics, then wax, to touch up without doing anything too permanent.
Patty W
3:14 AM on November 19, 2014 
If this were mine i would paint the window frames but leave the brickwork shabby to contrast the two. I try to impose that rule on myself now- paint one thing but leave something else untouched if possible.
Zoe H
1:18 AM on November 19, 2014 
To me, it looks like there's a thin varnish over the paint and that that is what has crazed, I would very cautiously attempt to remove that top layer by gently rubbing with nail varnish on a cotton pad and then, as Jan says, paint the missing bits to blend in. I would use acrylics as I have a good range of little pots and can usually mix a decent match (plus they wipe off if I make a mess of it!) then thin matt varnish (I use Humbrol Matt Clear Cote thinned with Humbrol Thinner).
Jan
7:33 PM on November 18, 2014 
I would remove any loose bits or glue flat, colour in with same colours (not too well) to blend in with what you have and would put a clear matt varnish all over. See what other members suggest as we all have our own ways of doing repairs etc.

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