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Historic Paint Investigations & Analysis:

The Process, Value, & What to Look for in a Partner

The value of the information collected during a paint investigation or analysis specifically applies to historic restoration. That being said, the impact of the work goes beyond the restoration itself.

When preparing for a historic restoration or new design, it is important to understand the history of the materials and aesthetic of the building’s interior. Paint colors, wallpapers and decorative designs contribute immense detail to a space.

When these different layers are uncovered, they provide a timeline not only of the different interior design campaigns but even information such as, the financial stability during the different campaigns, based on the materials used, or intentional imagery designed to communicate certain ideas.

With this guide you will be able to:

  • Identify the differences between a full paint investigation and a paint analysis. 
  • Understand the value in undertaking a paint study as it relates to restoration and project planning.
  • Identify key characteristics to look for when selecting a conservator or consultant. 

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