To restore or not to restore a frame? We do a lot of repair and restoration work on frames, but it’s not for every case. Here are a few things to consider before you run to your local custom framing store to have your picture frame repaired or restored.
Is it of any value? Sometimes we value things for reasons more than money. So, consider if the frame is worth it to you to spend the money getting it fixed. The sentiment is a leading reason to keep something. Also, when there is an original frame on a valuable piece of art it merits a reason to have it restored.
Just how bad is the damage and what kind of damage has occurred? Sometimes, particularly with old frames, finishes will become brittle and begin to flake off. There are many reasons why this can occur, but once it starts down that path it’s hard to return. Damage due to bumps or dings is sometimes the easiest to repair because the damage is not progressively getting worse.
Depending on where a frame breaks can affect if it can even be restored at all. Some kinds of frames, if broken in the middle of a rail or leg, can never be repaired. we can brace it and patch it but can never truly repair it. However, a corner that has come undone is easy enough to repair back to a good solid form.
You’re the best bet for us, in particular, would be to bring the item to one of our locations and let us look and see for ourselves what kind of damage you have and help you conclude how you want to spend your money. In some cases, it’s not too much more to do a complete redesign to your art or photo and put a crispy nice new frame using conservation grade materials which will guarantee it’s survival exponentially longer than materials of the past.