By Cameron Chai
The North Dakota State University Research Foundation (NDSU/RF) proclaimed that it has inked a license deal for its removable protective coatings for outdoor statues and monuments with Elinor Specialty Coatings.
Dr. Dante Battocchi, research & technical officer of Elinor Specialty Coatings which licensed the technology, says BronzeShield delivers advantages over current methods.
The deal offers exclusive rights to Elinor for the further development and marketing of the unique BronzeShield coatings technology developed at the North Dakota State University. The novel polymer coating technology will be marketed under the trade name, BronzeShield. It maintains bronze’s original patina, while protecting the architecture, art and monuments from vandalism, moisture, ultraviolet radiation and salt.
Dr. Dante Battocchi, Elinor Specialty Coatings’ Research and Technical Officer, stated that BronzeShield offers protection with dull or glossy finish equivalent to that of clear-coats on vehicles but it is easily removable utilizing a simple and safe liquid coating remover, thus eliminating the damage due to conventional mechanical removal techniques. BronzeShield samples are now being supplied to prospective customers across the US.
According to Dale Zetocha, Executive Director at NDSU/RF, the organization is excited about the commercialization of this specialty coatings technology via Elinor Specialty Coatings. The President at Elinor, Holly Anderson Battocchi stated that BronzeShield’s reliability, easy coating and removal features make it an economical choice for curators to maintain the art’s integrity and handle the maintenance schedule.
Dr. Dante Battocchi concluded that Elinor believes that the novel coating technology is a durable and maintenance-friendly choice for historical societies, museums and municipalities to save history.