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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:53 am 
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I have discovered, buried under the existing paving on my front pathway, the original Victorian steel coal chute for the property.

It has a lot of rush and it seems the designs/text is either damaged or not restore-able?

I have used a wire brush to get rid of a lot of the rust to bring it back to a better condition but as I continued for some time, it felt the letters/designs was breaking off the more I tried to brush?

Should I be concerned that I can actually damage the coal chute details or is it just the surface rust coming off?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:37 am 
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Probably cast iron rather than steel I'd have thought. Most were AFAIK.
If it is cast iron then I'd say that any damage that is done rust wise is already done. Details which have turned to rust are of little practical use unless you are trying to record them to get a replacement, as they will just crumble if the cover is exposed. Removing the rust completely and then assessing the condition of the cover is the only way to go I'd have said.


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Thank you for your response.

Here is a pic of the cover, would you still advise the same based on what you can see?
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Would it be possible to get a replacement/replica made?
I guess I may keep the original as its an authentic piece but would be good to know either way.

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It looks pretty badly rusted and /or worn to me. It's impossible to see how far the rust has gone without completely removing all the rust, which looks as if it may well remove more detail. You usually need something fairly aggressive to remove that type of rust. Knotted wire brush on an angle grinder, needle scaler or blasting of some sort. Normal wire brushing just seems to sort of polish the rust. You also need to make sure that there's enough material left for it to be safe when walked on of course.
Don't know about modern replacements, I'd have thought you might find an original replacement in a reclamation yard or on eBay. Getting one made isn't really a practical proposition.


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I have just used a steel wire drill bit to remove more rust....
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The old "coal hole" brings back memories: it always used to be my way into the house when I'd lost my key (about once a week) until I was about twelve/thirteen and it got to be too much of a squeeze - or maybe I stopped losing my key - I don't remember ever getting stuck so maybe I did just stop losing my key.

Sorry, just rambling and reminiscing. :oops:

It looks OK though, it does at least look genuine and not a repro or a fake.

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Looks OK to me! :thumbright:
As ayjay says much better than a "new" repro or a fake.

I used to get in through the little pantry window with the catch that didn't. Probably did that until about the same age as you ayjay. I got too big after that.


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Cast iron takes ages to rust away , the surface corrosion is almost like a protective layer, a bit like core 10 steel, er angle of North like.

Clean it , paint it


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Nice original feature much better than a repro one as said paint it (use a rust converter if you like too) and leave it at that. Just one word of caution I painted an old rusty drain cover with Hammerite black smooth looks great but very slippy in the wet.


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