After / Before
ART RESTORATION Estimates will NOT be given over the
phone or internet without a first-hand review of the artwork.
On-site inspections can be arranged.
This is a process that will either minimize or completely remove
organic stains from most paper products and fabrics. Stains like:
acid burn, food & beverage stains, foxing, mold/mildew stains can
all be treated, but can have varying degrees of success depending on
factors unique to your item.
Most of the staining can be removed, but
factors that greatly influence the degree of success include:
The period of time the stain has set.
The temperature, humidity and sunlight that
the stain has been exposed to.
The depth of impregnation into the artwork.
The physical makeup of the artwork, including:
Age, Color, Material and Degree of Difficulty.
Whether there is any hand-coloring to the
piece. Original watercolors may NOT be a good candidate for this
Most mold stains are removable. Long term mold
stains that have been “deeply absorbed” into the piece may not
be 100% removable without causing additional significant damage.
Logos need to be in Black & White (No color and NO
grayscale) Vector File format. When in doubt, simply e-mail us your
logo as-is for a free evaluation of whether it is in a useable
format, or if it will need any cleanup. Our logo library contains
thousands of ready-to-use corporate logos.
Unacceptable logos in Microsoft Word, Zip Files & Adobe Files
If the logo file submitted is not useable as-is, we will be notify
you via email of the cost to convert it to a useable format. A
SOURCE of PRIDE presumes that by sending us a logo, you are
authorizing us to reproduce it as requested and that you have full
authority to authorize such use.
We are able to work with a variety of materials not shown on out
website. Clients may submit their own materials, assuming that it is
safe to put and fit into our laser system. Submitted materials,
artwork or logos will be returned only if requested.
ACID BURN REMOVAL
This process of “ACID BURN REMOVAL” also works to
remove other organic elements such as FOXING, FOOD STAINS, WATER
STAINS and even a spilled cup of COFFEE! Most paper products and
fabrics can be cleaned including prints, lithography, and serigraph
works on paper-based art.
Items excluded include: photographs, (some) original water color
paintings and certain antique engravings – the ones that are
originally printed onto an onion skin paper, which in turn is pasted
onto a heavier stock.
Art owners should carry their own insurance rider to assume all
liabilities to cover any accidental damage. Testing is done prior to
any work for possible trouble and if any potential damage is
suspected, the item will be returned at no charge. BURNING and
FOXING can reappear under the right conditions. If this should
happen within a reasonable time (less than 6 months) of first
application, it can and should be re-treated.
ORIGINAL PAINTING RESTORATION
We work together with some of the best artisans and restorers in the
field of painting restoration. The most common problems that can be
repaired are extensive and include:
tears, cuts and holes in the canvas
missing paint and cracking paint (allegation)
from age and the natural drying process
dirt & debris from the years of exposure to
the elements, tobacco smoke & coal/wood burning
fireplace/heating unit exhausts
smoke, soot & heat from fires
water damage from fire sprinklers, fire hoses
sagging canvas, loose fitting strainer bars
Most projects can be completed within 2-8 weeks.
How do I know if my painting needs to be cleaned?
If your painting is dull-looking, been exposed to a significant
tobacco smoking, is older than 30+ years, or if it has been exposed
to a dirty environment – it probably could use a professional
Can my painting be damaged in the cleaning process?
Not likely with the artists we use. Cleaning can remove previous
restoration and highlight necessary repairs that were not obvious
when first viewed. If this situation comes to light, you will be
contacted and advised as such and given the choice to proceed or
not. Additional work performed beyond the initial estimate will be
done on an as-agreed basis.
What will it look like when finished?
The work result is as good as any
museum standard. We stand behind the work completed and expect that
the end result will be impressive and professionally completed.
Paintings will look different (better) when finished. Remember you
are paying for the removal of years of accumulated dirt. The
original painting is revealed in its original painted state. There
are often pleasant surprises to enjoy once the dirt is removed.
How long is the cleaning good for?
If cared for properly, it should
not have to be cleaned for another 30-50 years (more or less).
What agent is used in the cleaning?
Only professional products and
techniques are used. Over-the-counter cleaning products available at
art supply stores for the Do-It-Yourselfers are available for
purchase, but what you receive with us is years of experience and
the “trade secrets” that have been developed to address a multitude
of painting issues. Products and techniques used in this process are
Are you insured?
Yes, we carry insurance as
required by law but it is no substitute for you to place a “rider”
in your own insurance policy. If your art is has been professionally
appraised, or if it is sentimentally priceless, it is advisable for
it to be on a separate “rider” on your own policy so it is covered
whether it is in your home or not. Do not rely on anyone one else’s
insurance policy to cover a loss if an accident should happen. We
limit our liability to the value of the cleaning of the painting
ONLY. The value of your art can increase significantly when
cleaned/restored, so you may want to consider having your art
re-appraised when finished.