VIDEO: William Penn gets a scrub and some hot wax

William Penn is getting his shine on in Old New Castle.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

A powerwash is bringing out the original luster of the William Penn statue on the Green.

"The coppers in the bronze has caused it to turn green and oxidize."

Conservators Linda Lennon and Doug Martenson are using a lot of elbow grease and hot wax on the Charles Parks piece.

"Wash with a surfactant, and then rinse that, and then we'll have to also apply the wax by hand to the whole surface," Lennon said.

"What we're doing with the wax is, we're going to heat it up with propane torches, and I'll heat it up to about 250 to 300 degrees, and that will allow the wax to penetrate," Martenson said.

The process takes about three days. The work to restore the original golden brown color is being done ahead of the William Penn Day celebration in Old New Castle October 27th.

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