The four new columns are installed, but there are three original columns which need restoring.
The original columns look TERRIBLE. There are black from age, and the capitals look totally corroded.
The pristine new columns offer a stark contrast. A scary contrast.
Yet, through the wonder of elbow grease…
…the original columns, after an encounter with a palm sander, turned pink! This is really obvious in person. And after an encounter with a brass wire brush, the capitals are actually in near original condition! I have fretted about them for five years now!
I had to create a sun shade as one can’t paint in the summer in direct sun (the paint will blister). Still, it is hard to imagine that the column on the right will soon looks as good as the column on the left!