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Paint Analysis for Historic Buildings

May 7 - May 9, 2013

Natchitoches, LA

| $500.00

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The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will host a three-day hands-on workshop on the identification and analysis of historic architectural paints and finishes. The workshop will be held May 7-9, 2013 at NCPTT’s Lee H. Nelson Hall in Natchitoches, LA.

The analysis of architectural paints and finishes, as opposed to those used in the field of fine art, has developed from its infancy where paint was scraped on site to the present where scientific analysis is being undertaken not only to determine historic colors, but also to determine other aspects of finishes such as composition and application methods.  David Arbogast, an architectural conservator with over thirty years of experience in the area of historic architectural paint analysis, will provide hands-on instruction in the microscopic analysis of historic architectural paints and other finishes. The workshop will include a visit to a local historic building where students will take samples for analysis using microscopy. A registration fee of $500 $399.95 covers instruction, course materials, and equipment.

Register TodayAct now! Don’t delay. Space for this workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Course Outline

Day One

Session 1        Introduction
Session 2        History of Applied Finishes (Paints)
Session 3        History of Applied Finishes (Stains, Clear Coatings)
Session 4        History of Decorative Applied Finishes (Metallic and Faux Finishes)
Session 5        Architectural Paint Chemistry
Session 6        Chemistry of Stains and Clear Coatings
Session 7        Decorative Applied Finishes
Session 8        Wrap-up Session

Day Two

Session 1        Deterioration Mechanisms in Paint
Session 2        Deterioration Mechanisms in Stains, Clear Coatings, and Decorative Applied Finishes
Session 3        Deterioration Mechanisms of Substrates
Session 4        Sample Collection Techniques
Session 5        Field Collection of Samples
Session 6        Field Collection of Samples
Session 7        Field Collection of Samples
Session 8        Field Collection of Samples

 Day Three

Session 1        Microscopic Examination
Session 2        Laboratory Practice
Session 3        Laboratory Practice
Session 4        Laboratory Practice
Session 5        Laboratory Practice
Session 6        Laboratory Practice
Session 7        Laboratory Practice
Session 8        Final Wrap-up

About the Instructor

David Arbogast is an architectural conservator with a private practice in Davenport, Iowa. After receiving his graduate degree in 1974 from Columbia University in architectural restoration he worked as an historical architect for the National Park Service in the Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, the Northeast Regional Office in Boston, and the Denver Service Center over a span of eight years. He then was employed by an architectural firm in Iowa City, Iowa, following which he has maintained a private practice first in Iowa City and now in Davenport. His specialties are paint and mortar analysis, although his practice encompasses the full spectrum of architectural conservation with projects ranging from state capitol buildings to log cabins and from Alaska to Florida.

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May 7, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
May 9, 2013 @ 4:00 PM
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Lee H. Nelson Hall
645 University Pkwy., Natchitoches, LA 71457 United States
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(318) 356-7444


Ed FitzGerald
(318) 356-7444
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119