A Graveyard Preservation Primer (American Association for State and Local History Book Series)
Product Description: This slender volume encapsulates more information on graveyard preservation than any other restoration guidebook available. Packed with effective methods of maintenance and repair, “A Graveyard Preservation Primer” will help you restore and prolong the life of the stones in your care. Numerous photos and illustrations further clarify and demonstrate different problems and remedies for the beginning preservationist. It’s a step-by-step guidebook that is an indispensable reference tool for anyone interested in graveyard preservation.
In this video you see a young man fixing a broken stone. He uses a wire brush to help make the surfuce ready so the epoxy so that it holds better. Never use a wire brush on the outside of the stone. There are many types of epoxy out on the market, if you choose to try and repair a broken stone we recommend this epoxy below, it’s a fast drying gel that drys clear. If you save some dust from the stone you are working on, you can add the dust to the clear epoxy to make the color match. If you only have a small amount of dust then use the clear epoxy after you have set the stone use your fingers to apply the dust to the outside crack, this will help your color blend as seen in the video. It really does take practice to get good at repairing broken stones. Just do the best you can do and know it’s better then letting the stone lay on the ground.
Using the wrong color of epoxy or a sloppy job can make the stone look horrible as you see at the bottom of this stone. If your epoxy color doesn’t match, try to keep it away from the edge so it doesn’t show after you match the pieces together. Like in this picture below this stone is broken into 4 pieces. It doesn’t look great, however it’s better then being on the ground where the pieces can get lost under the grass and dirt.
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