Proper packaging of the painting: step-by-step instructions

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Artistic canvases are very capricious; even a slight blow to the canvas can cause damage to the paint layer. Moreover, during transportation without, cracks and small dents may appear on the painting, which are subsequently very difficult to restore. But not only do fabrics suffer from mechanical damage during transportation; they can also be negatively affected by weather conditions, changes in air temperature, humidity and lighting. All these factors can cause irreparable damage to both the canvas and the frame. To avoid this, you need to pack the painting correctly. How to do this?

Packing the picture in a frame
Experts from moving companies, based on their own experience, advise taking pictures in a frame. This is convenient and more reliable, if only because the protruding part of the frame provides additional protection to the canvas.

Paintings must be packed in several layers. The first layer is stretch film. She needs to carefully close the canvas and wrap the edges of the frame. Then comes a layer of bubble wrap. Thanks to its properties, it creates an air cushion and provides shock absorption, protecting the canvas from mechanical stress. To ensure that the packaging materials are securely fastened and perform all their functions, we carefully fix the edges and joints with tape.Proper packaging of the painting: step-by-step instructions

Remember that the tape should never be glued directly to the frame or canvas, otherwise removing it may leave unattractive sticky marks!

Then the picture packed in film must be placed in a box made of thick paper or cardboard. If the structure of the required size is not at hand, you can make it yourself! To do this, place the canvas on a piece of cardboard or a sheet of thick paper and cover it with another similar sheet on top. We bend their edges inward and secure the entire structure with tape. For works of art that are of particular value, rigid packaging is most often made of plywood. This material is stiffer and denser than cardboard, it better protects against mechanical damage and environmental influences.

Packing the canvas separately from the frame
To organize the transportation of a painting and a frame separately, you need to have certain skills. To begin, it is important to carefully remove the canvas from the frame. You need to act as delicately as possible. After that, a separate package is constructed for the frame, and the canvas is carefully rolled up and placed in a special tube for transportation. In order not to damage the object being transported, it must be wrapped around a strong tube and laid with a layer of tracing paper on top. But with this method of transportation there is still a risk of compromising the integrity of the canvas or paint layer.

The most common mistake that owners of paintings make when packing them is to roll the canvas with a layer of paint inside. It is not right! The fabric must be rolled with the front side facing out.

If during the move you didn’t have a special tube on hand, that’s not a problem! Instead, you can use improvised means, for example, carefully place the picture in a plastic pipe, closing the free ends with cardboard plugs.