Completing our painting of a milestone

Myself and chum Reg Davis have begun the second stage of our milestone cleaning and painting project.

Yesterday, before the rain halted our progress, we placed stones around the base of the milestone opposite the Hiller Garden Centre on the A30, and painted it with white masonry paint. Today we’ll visit the milestone to pick out the lettering in black masonry paint, and then move on to the next milestone on the A30.

In the photo below you can see Reg using a small paint brush to apply paint to the crevices on the milestone. We didn’t, in case you were thinking it, use a brush this small to paint the milestone. Hoping for no rain today.

4 thoughts on “Completing our painting of a milestone

  1. Can I recommend painting it white and THEN placing the stones around the bottom ;o)

    One other thought, which I am sure you and your ‘team’ have given more consideration to than I, but isn’t something of the stones fabric lost by painting them and isn’t it a little irreversible?


  2. It would be much easier and more likely to produce a neat result to paint the incised lettering black first and then paint the remainder white after the black paint has dried.


  3. Thank you for your comment Marr. In our experience with the milestones in Surrey Heath, their uneven nature means there’s no right way to paint them. A milestone may have a well-incised letter or number, just as much as it might have one that’s eroded and poorly incised. The one by Martins Car Showroom is such an example. We take car not to fill in the incised letters with too much white paint, though we’re not perfect with the paint brush.


  4. I would have only painted the front faces of the stones if using masonry paint. The unpainted rear face would then help to let the stone breath – an important consideration with most sedimentary rocks. The LONDON 29 on the A30 is a good example of delamination due partly to dampness from the tarmac path at its front.

    The painting of the legends is probably most important as it helps to preserve the original engraving.


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