Art & Photo Repair Services
Art & Photo Repair Services
Yes, we provide art repair services.
Canvas torn? Yes, we can patch it back together.
Painting damaged? Yes, we can repair the damaged art like new.
Watermarks on your art? Yes, we can remove brown water mark stains on paper.
Figurines scratched, cracked, or broke? Yes, we can repair those figurines to like new condition.
Yes, we provide photo repair services.
Photos stuck together? We can unstick photos that have been stuck together.
Photos stuck to glass? Yes, we can unstick photos from glass.
Photos faded out? We can bring color back into those old photos.
Photo Water damage? We can repair water damaged photos.
Photos torn? We can repair torn or otherwise damaged photos.
About Art and Photo repair
Art and photo repair is a great option for preserving lasting memories. We use advanced restoration methods in a safe and effective method to restore your art to "new" or "near new" condition. We will discuss the process with you when we see you project.
The process' we use depend on the substrate the art is on, the medium of the art, and the nature of the damage.
Due to the unique nature of art and photo repair, we cannot provide an exact price. We will provide you an estimate when you bring it to us. No estimates will be provided over the phone. Stop by our office and we will be happy to take a look at your project.
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We do painting repairs too!
Cleaning canvas paintings
(Yes, we clean paintings)
Paintings get dirty from smoke, fireplaces, humidity, pollution, and other sources. Paintings can also LOOK dirty from varnish that is old and or ellowing from age. Cleaning your painting is a great way to preserve your painting and help it retain a great look for years to come.
Varnish is a paint protector. Traditional varnishes yellow over time and collect dirt, so it's a good idea to remove the varnish or at least reapply the varnish after a cleaning. We ALWAYS recommend adding a new varnish layer after cleaning a painting in order to protect your painting.
Here is the basic process we use to cleaning a painting.
For cleaning a painting we start by removing the painting from the frame and cleaning the back side of the painting. Yes, the back. There can be a lot of dust and dirt accumulation on the back of art. Sometimes the dirt get in between the canvas and the stretcher bars and this needs to be removed or it can damage the art.
Next we remove dust and dirt particles from the front by gently wiping the painting down with warm water and a gentle soap, like baby soap, to help clean the front. We do not want to use any strong chemicals at this time.
With dilapidated paintings, the paint tends to crack and allows some moisture to seep through to the back of the painting. We want to limit this moisture exposure as much as possible. We constantly dry the painting during this process so that the moisture does not reach through the back of the painting and damage the adhesion of the paint with the canvas.
Next we remove the old varnish. Old varnishes oxidized and yellow over time. The varnishes are usually removed using solvents and other chemicals. If "soaking" your painting didn't scare you... removing the old varnish is usually what scares most people because we are exposing the original paint and they don't want to damage the paint. You should feel confident bringing it to a professional. Removing varnish layers is a regular practice. When the varnish is fully removed we allow the painting to fully dry and sit in appropriate UV light for anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour to help dry and brighten the coloring.
Next step would be to patch any tears in the canvas or to the paint itself. We apply canvas patches to the back of the painting using an acid free adhesive, or at times, bees wax and a hot iron. Large tears in the canvas can be patched, but we recommend relining the entire canvas in more extreme situations.
We repair the painting on the front by carefully color matching each section of the painting one brush stroke at a time. This is a highly detailed process and requires careful and precise color matching. Each color is carefully compared to the original to match the original painters color mixing style and application process.
Finally, we reseal the painting by applying a new varnish layer over the painting that will perform better and protect the painting for many years to come.