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Salts and Vinegar

16 December 2009

New Christmas Flavours in the church

the magic of vinegarThink of salt and vinegar and you’ll probably conjure up an image of steaming fish and chips, but they have also been playing their part in the East Church conservation project.

 Tom Hillocks, painting expert (picturedDavid and Tom discuss paint colours for the East Church, Cromarty with David Alston), has been advising the conservation team on repainting the church - what paints to chose, how to apply them and how to make sure that colour doesn’t leak through from older paintwork.

Up in the coombs the older paint had a dusting of powdeAndrew Doyle plastering in the East Church, Cromartyry pigment on the surface, and this is where the vinegar comes in. Tom recommended a wiping down with vinegar to wipe of the loose particles and fix the paint below.

Salts have been causing a bit of a problem in some patches of the church as they come through the walls and new plasterwork.

This can be difficult to cure - but Tom had a recommendation - vinegar again ...It has been applied for a few days now, and so far things are looking good.

If the season’s festivities are leaving you a bit tired, try a relaxing bath with a splash of cider vinegar. For this and many other tips on using vinegar take a look at  - enjoy!

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