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Help museum pieces thanks in advance


james kilby

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Post Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:07 pm

Help museum pieces thanks in advance

Hi i have been asked by a local rural museum about some signage, but whilst there also got asked about preserving the original sign writing on pieces like wooden carts or farming machinery. Now the only way i know how to try and help preserve is with either extra layers of varnish, lacquer, sealer, But as this is very old items where wood had cracked base paint has flaked and things are just all faded and cracked does anyone know of any process or specialist supplies to use so that it can be preserved but not stand out like a new glossy layer of lacquer

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Post Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:16 pm

Re: Help museum pieces thanks in advance

Would a matt finish spray lacquer with UV protection not be best?


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Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:01 am

Re: Help museum pieces thanks in advance

Whatever you decide to use, test it on an area as far out of sight as possible. It's very likely that the old paint will be incompatible with any solvent based lacquer or varnish and you could end up destroying it rather than conserving it. If they are to be stored inside, then water based acrylic may be your best bet. Tread carefully.

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Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:57 pm

Re: Help museum pieces thanks in advance

As per Neil, it depends on the level of conservation wanted, and the budget available. I'd suggest that you ask the museum how long they would like to preserve the original artifacts, and then suggest they seek advice from an expert - most likely a larger museum, or a professional conservator.

If the museum is serious, then you should politely forward the job back to them.

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