Storage at Home
If you want to preserve oil paintings, acrylic paintings, or works on paper (prints and drawings, watercolors), there are certain conditions.
- A stable climate, not too hot or too cold – around 20degC
- The humidity level is between too dry and too humid – approximately 50% relative humidity
- Protection starting at:-
- Strong light
- Abrasion and knocks
- Insects and vermin
It is therefore unwise to store works of art in an attic, which can get very hot in summer and very cold during winter, or in a garage or cellar, which can be damp or very cold during winter.
Although sculptures can withstand more severe conditions, they are usually designed to stand in public areas, even in gardens. However, delicate pieces may need extra protection when stored, depending on the media used.
Self-storage for fine art
The ideal storage conditions are similar to those found in a home where works can be stored when they are visible. These are the conditions found in modern self-storage facilities, especially if they have climate control. Contrary to this, containers storage and garage lock-ups will not provide the right environment to paint or create works of art.
All competent self-storage facilities provide security with CCTV, 24-hour alarm systems, and smoke detectors.
You could store less valuable items in self-storage. Insurance coverage could cover the entire contents’ global value.
The value or importance of your art will determine how insistent you are on creating perfect conditions.
You can also take steps to protect your fine art storage by seeking out the best conditions, as mentioned above.
They should be kept in their frames. These are protective boxes that act as protection. For extra protection, wrap them in fabric or polythene. They should be stored vertically on racks but not in contact with each other.
Protect paintings with painted surfaces (oil paintings that are not glass) from direct contact by wrapping them in acid-free or silicone paper. Consider using sheets of hardboard to create a frame that does not create a box-like projection over the paint surface.
Paper works can develop foxing (brown spots), due to molds that are present in damp conditions or metallic impurities. They may also react to acids in mounts (“mount burn”) or contact with wood in the back panels. Watercolors, prints, and drawings are more sensitive to dampness. However, paper can become brittle if it is exposed to extremely dry conditions.
Is self-storage enough?
Yes, provided the climate isn’t too dry and temperatures aren’t too extreme and that works stored aren’t so valuable that they warrant additional specialist storage
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