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Posts Tagged ‘flaking paint’

Hanging nail gives away – $25,000.00 painting ripped.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Look at this rip! Want to see some magic?!

This rip, on the left, was kind-a ugly: It ripped when the nail gave way and it fell off the wall… and got uglier when the fibers frayed.


When you store or ship a painting, should you roll it up? 3 reasons to…

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Well, I guess the beginning photo tells you why its not good to roll up paintings, new or old! It puts stress on the paint layers and they don’t like it.

A Russian Portrait from about 1900.

A Russian Portrait from about 1900.


What Dirty Stuff Is On My Artwork?! – 3 Tips of what NOT to do!

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
During Cleaning/Removal of Grime and Yellowed Varnish.

During Cleaning/Removal of Grime and Yellowed Varnish.

A question I often get asked, “How do I clean my___________? My answer is a LONG list of sad stories of cleaning lady’s “gentile” or “light” cleaning techniques and dealers trying to save a buck. And yesterday, I got another such story to tell you:


Book Download Available – Affiliate Program Underway

Monday, January 25th, 2010

In last 3 days,  3 Affiliates have signed up with that will help redistribute the “save your stuff message” of emergency preparation info (which I provide to them for free) to about 20 mill in their industries. This kind of info, on a corporate or office level is part of having a Disaster Plan, a mandate of the Homeland Security Dept.


Central heating blowing on artwork

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Here’s a question I hear often: What is the right temperature for safely keeping a __________ (painting, book, papers)?

Here’s the answer: The temperature is not as important as the FLUCTUATION of the temperature within a 24 hour time period. You don’t want to have the temperature change more than 20 degrees F. That’s why, storage in a garage or attic that heats up in the day and goes cold at night is not good for your items of value.


Painting of Russian Royalty – Smuggled Out

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Ripped and flaking Royalty

Some of the most interesting art stories that I hear are the tales of smuggling artwork out of German or Russian occupied territories. Who knows if they are true when you hear them. But a pair of turn of the century portraits came in the lab a couple of days ago that look like the real deal.