Some frames may cause damage to the paper they should be protecting, whether this is a watercolour, print, photograph or document. Frame damage is caused by high levels of acidity found in mounts, backing boards and adhesives, causing discolouration and deterioration. This may be found in cheaper frames or older ones which may have been created before it was common knowledge that certain acids would cause decay. Loose or unstable frames may also fail in preventing atmospheric deterioration to artworks.

Before and after restoration of boat watercolour with acid stainingAbove: a watercolour which has been affected by an acidic backing board (left) and the restoration result following removal of staining and chemicals (right)

Our paper conservator is able to remove the build-up of chemicals and restore an artwork or document back to a stable and bright condition. Find out more in our video below:

You can find out more about acidic frame damage and restoration in our detailed article here.

How can we help?

If you have a watercolour, print, document, letter, photograph, or any other item which has been affected by framing, please reach out to our helpful team who will be happy to assist further.

To make contact please email us via [email protected] or call 0207 112 7576