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architectural finishes

Typical problemsCeiling paint removal to reveal original paint layer

We are often contacted by clients who require advice and treatment options for painted finishes in buildings. The typical damage we see includes flaking, cracks and losses to the paint layer. In many cases, the finishes have been overpainted entirely. Damage  caused by water and/or soluble salts is also a common problem with painted architectural finishes.

Treatment options

In the first instance, we can provide advice on the existing condition of the painted finishes, and investigate the cause(s) of deterioration. We can investigate the history of the painted finishes through paint scrapes, paint sampling and colour ladders. This can assist with advice in original paint or colour schemes. Removal or overpaint is often feasible, but requires careful evaluation of alternate techniques. Other conservation treatments include cleaning, consolidation of flaking paint layers and infilling and inpainting losses. We also have experience in replication and reproduction of historical decorative paint schemes.


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International Conservation Services is Australia’s largest private fine art conservation business.  Our main office and conservation workshops are located in Sydney, we have staff in Canberra and Melbourne, and we are able to work on site throughout Australia.  We provide a full range of art restoration services, including antique restoration, paintings restoration, sculpture conservation, archaeological conservation, furniture restoration, conservation of works of art on paper, textiles and objects conservation.  We work on architectural finishes and built elements in heritage buildings, structures, monuments and war memorials.  We provide condition assessments, and carry out hands-on conservation and restoration work.  We consult on issues of collection management, preventive conservation and museum planning, and have particular expertise in the management of environmental conditions in buildings housing collections.  Our associated business, Smarttrack RFID, provides a range of asset and visitor tracking solutions for museums, art galleries, libraries and archives.