Whether a poster is historic or contemporary, our ICON accredited paper conservator is able to provide professional treatments to safely stabilise posters following everything from accidental staining, contamination or mould growth, through to the most devastating tears, creasing and visual distortions.
Our ICON accredited paper conservator is able to professionally restore issues such as:
Original posters from cinemas and theatres may have faced challenging environments, leaving them with historic contamination lingering on the surface and damages from the use of adhesives or pins.
Modern posters or those intended only to be displayed as artwork may still face deterioration if they are not kept in appropriate conditions, including the correct humidity, frame and level of light exposure.
Our team is experienced with the preservation of autograph ink and inscriptions, ensuring that these are not removed or disturbed during conservation treatments. Whilst signatures cannot be retouched for ethical reasons, they can be protected from further deterioration with sensitive methods and high-quality framing.
Many frames harbour acidic elements within the mount, backing board or surrounding materials. This will slowly contaminate the poster leading it to darken, yellow and begin to deteriorate.
Our paper conservator often works on posters and prints which have been disturbed in this way, safely clearing any contamination before they can be reframed in a safer option.
We use conservation-appropriate framing materials, ensuring that all materials have neutral pH levels. Our technicians avoid the use of any acidic elements when creating a bespoke mount for your poster.
The original frame can be kept with only the mount and backing board replaced, or an entirely new frame can be selected to suit the artwork or your own preference.
Our team will provide you with a portfolio of frames, allowing you to view your poster in a range of suitable options before deciding to go ahead.
UV protective glass is extremely important when caring for posters, as they are extremely sensitive to UV rays from the sun and bright lighting. UV exposure can lead to extreme loss of colour, leaving a faded or extremely uneven visual appearance. UV protection will help to preserve the vividity and value of a poster in the future.
Our technicians offer UV protective glazing for new or existing frames. Museum view glass helps to prevent fading whilst allowing for a wonderfully clear view of the print.
Although my print was badly degraded by the artist's use of double-sided tape and an acidic backing mount, it had great emotional significance for me. It felt like a risky leap of faith to send it as I had not used Fine Art Restoration Company before. It came back immaculate and transformed, returned to its original condition and with no discernable damage to the subtle graphite drawing. The company were reassuring and returned it with no hassle. Highly recommended.
We sent in a very mouldy print that came back probably in better condition than when it was bought! We were constantly updated as to the status of the restoration and the service was impeccable. We had previously sent in a small oil painting for cleaning that now hangs in pride of place. Both had sentimental value of familiar places. I can highly recommend the quality of the work and the fantastic customer service.