Historical markers are erected to inform the public about sites of historic interest, or to commemorate people, events or places of significance. When a historic marker ages and becomes weathered by the elements, it becomes necessary to “re-face” it.
In the early morning of Saturday, June 9th, at the Fox cemetery in Kaufman County, two markers were in need of re-facing. The necessary supplies were purchased, and our volunteers got busy bringing history back to life.
First, a steel brush was used to remove dirt and flaking paint, followed by a soft brush. Tape was applied to mask off the edge of the marker. Next came two coats of black lacquer spray paint over all of the marker’s front surface, allowing time for the paint to dry between each coat. Once the second coat was dry, the paint was gently sanded off the raised letters on the marker. After carefully brushing away the paint which had been sanded from the raised letters, two coats of clear lacquer were sprayed on the surface, again allowing for drying between coats.
The before and after pictures show what a big difference re-facing makes and reveals how important it is to keep our historic markers in good condition. By keeping them clean and clearly readable, it makes known to the visitor that a particular site is worthy of care and visitation.
Members of the King’s Fort Chapter are so proud and blessed to have been able to revitalize these markers and look forward to restoring many more in the near future.