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Frequently Asked Questions About Restoration

  1.  Why should I restore my photos and artwork?

  2.  What types of restoration do you offer?
  3.  Are restorations done on the premises?
  4.  How are photos restored?
 
 
 
       

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Phone 703.281.1364 dot Fax 703.281.1363 dot info@ApplegateFraming.com

 

 

 

1.  Why should I restore my photos and artwork?
 
If a piece is special to you and you love it, it makes sense to protect it and return it to it's original condition.  A painting that has been in the family or photos of your relatives could mean a great deal to your children and other family it may be passed down to.  Something as simple as removing old varnish from a painting can bring out colors and detail you haven't seen in years.  Repairing tears to a photo can mean passing on family images to generations to come.

Family photo from pre- World War II Czechoslovakia

watercolor of seascape before and after restoring and reframing

Photo of grandfather in his courtroom with his gavel in a shadowbox below

 
2.  What types of restoration do you offer?
 
We offer restoration of photographs and have recommendations for who to visit for you painting and frame restoration.  Photographs can be repaired from the simplest damage like fading to the more extensive damage like tears and molding.  Water damage can be repaired on frames, paintings and photos.  Paintings can be cleaned and varnished and repairs can be made to tears and holes as well as to missing areas of paint.  For this we recommend Olin Conservation who can be reached at 703-759-3581.  For works on paper, like watercolors and etchings, which can have mold or foxing, water damage or acid damage and tears and creases, we recommend Ingrid Rose Company in Washington, DC, who can be reached at 202-364-0599.  Frames can have missing ornament rebuilt and whole frames can be refinished, gold leafed and varnished.  For that we recommend visiting Gold Leaf Studios at www.goldleafstudios.com
 
 
3.  Are restorations done on the premises?
 
Photographs are scanned on the premises and the original goes home with you.  The file is uploaded to the studio where the restoration work is done and the finished piece is shipped to our gallery.  Larger photos are sometimes scanned at the gallery owner's home where there are larger scanners and printers.  Painting and frame restoration are done at the studios of Olin Conservation or Gold Leaf Studios.
 
4.  How are photos restored?
 
Photographs are scanned into the computer and restoration is done in stages with the Adobe Photoshop program.  Your original photo is left in tact and as is and a new photograph is printed with the changes.  This is less expensive and less timely than repairing the original photo.  The original can be stored in an acid free environment and saved while the new prints can be framed or set into scrapbook pages and enjoyed without worry of ruining them.

1890 wedding portrait before restoration

after restoration

Hand colored antique portrait before restoration

after restoration