Damaged Art From Poor Framing Techniques!

What makes art go bad? No one intentionally sets out to ruin a perfectly good piece of art. Unfortunately, placing art in a frame that does not incorporate conservation framing methods will eventually ruin the art and make it unattractive for viewing and display.


Chances are, if your artwork was framed prior to 1991, or if you elected to have the artwork framed in an "economical" manner, then time is working against your art. The truth is, those "economical" materials have a high acid content that will burn your art with acid stains over time. Also, by using cheaper, non-UV protection glass, the damaging effects of Ultraviolet Light will fade your art. Our conservation framing section with the exclusive use of archival materials contains helpful information on the techniques we employ to frame our clients' art.


During the course of our repair jobs, we have seen art damaged by the effects of acid in the dust covers, the backing, tapes, matboard, and moulding. To illustrate the damage caused by these materials, we have included several images of original watercolor below. Click on the images below for a larger view of the damage to the original watercolor painting.




Art Damaged From Acid Mats

This painting is an example of artwork that was not protected from the damaging effects of acid in the mats. The brown border is where the art touched the mats.



Acid Burn To Art On Edges From Improper Mats

This is a close up of the "acid burn" in the area where the mats touched the artwork



Acid Burn To Art On Edges From Improper Mats

This is a close up of the "acid burn" in the area where the mats touched the artwork



Example Of Art Damage From Acid In Mats

This is an excellent example of discoloration and "acid burn" from the backing material that held the artwork in place. The clear white rectangle in the upper left hand side of the print was made by a plastic card, which in effect, prevented the artwork from touching the cardboard backing and turning brown.



Damaged Art From Imporper Mats

This is a close up of the back of the artwork, where it was protected by a plastic card from acid in the cardboard that held the mats and painting in place. NOTE: The back of the original artwork in the small rectangle was white! However, the adjacent area has been damaged, turning brown, as a result of the effects of the acid cardboard backing on the art. If you click on the image, you will see the ripples on the artwork from the corrugation in the cardboard backing!



Acid Burn Around The Edges Of The Art From Acid Mats

Full length view of the artwork damaged by the acid in the mats. The borders have been browned from the effects of the acid.



Acid Burn From Mats

This is a close up of the acid burn in the area where the mats touched the artwork.



Close Up of Damaged Art From Art Framed Without Conservation Methods

In addition to the damaging effects of acid in the mats, another cause for concern is the colors have faded as a result of the damaging effects of UV Light. The damaging effects of UV light are cumulative and non-reversible. By utilizing UV protection in the glass, this artwork would have retained its color and beauty.




Damage From "Low Cost" Framing That Used Cardboard For Backing

This image shows the effects, from left to right, caused by the effects of acid in the cardboard backing on the artwork.



Acid Burn Showing Ripples From Cardboard Backing

This shows the ripple on the back of the artwork that resulted from contact with corrugated cardboard used as a dust cover.


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