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Q & A: How can I best store lead sheet?

Midland Lead Q & A: How can I best store lead sheet?


Each month we answer your product and industry questions. This month you asked: “How can I best store lead sheet”


While we’re often asked about cleaning lead, this month, we were asked about storage – and, in fact, if stored correctly, lead doesn’t need cleaning before use. Similarly, if treated and fitted properly, it doesn’t need any work to it once installed (other than a layer of patination oil).

Following on nicely from last month’s ‘Ask Midland Lead’ column, which saw a reader ask “is machine cast lead more prone to discolouration than rolled?”, we’ve already briefly touched on the fact that if improperly stored, lead sheet, regardless of the method in which it’s manufactured, may become discoloured.

Lead sheet, in general, is a simple and undemanding product to work with, however, like most naturally occurring materials, lead can find itself up against issues if not treated correctly. These issues may include rusty or orange-coloured oxide stains, often caused by lead sheet being stored in damp conditions.

So, before installation, follow these top four rules to make sure your lead sheet remains in perfect condition:

For more information on our range of products that work to protect, maintain and restore lead, click here.