How To Protect Your Collectibles and Fine Art From A Hurricane by umangp23

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									      How To Protect Your Collectibles and Fine Art From A
                          Hurricane

                                                                           If you live or
                                                                           work in an
                                                                           area located
                                                                           near       the
                                                                           ocean, in a
                                                                                  coastal
                                                                           county,     or
                                                                           on the bay,
                                                                                      the
                                                                              protection
                                                                           of        your
                                                                                   family
                                                                               treasures
                                                                           and fine art
                                                                           in the event
                                                                           of           a
                                                                               hurricane
                                                                           should be a
                                                                            determining
                                                                           factor in the
way you display and store your antiques, heirlooms, collectibles and other valuables.
Securing such possessions ahead of time will minimize any possible future damage, and
possibly avoid insurance claims and heartache. The following steps are a few ways you
can prevent any damage to your valuable collection prior to a hurricane striking.


Prior to a Hurricane


   1. Make sure all wall hanging supports are tightly secured. Always remember; wet
      plaster becomes very weak, artwork that hangs on any plaster walls could easily
      fall. Be sure that any art hanging on the outside walls of your house are properly
      spaced away from the walls. Spacers may be bought from your local hardware
      center or made by screwing or taping boards on the backs of the frames. If you
      can, wrap or drape non-sticky art in plastic to help prevent any damage from
      water. Any works in glass frames can be taped, Plexiglas however shouldn't be
      taped. You should use Museum Wax for helping to anchor any framed art to the
      walls. See a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYJ7FwjcL_E


   2. You should anchor down any collectibles in your home as shown in the above
      video.
   3. If any works should be taken down from the wall, put them in a room in the
      interior of your house. Items should be elevated a minimum of 3 inches above
      the floor on foam or wooden blocks. Any surfaces that are not tacky may be
      wrapped with plastic sheets. Stacked works should be separated with pieces of
      cardboard that are larger than the frames.


   4. If you have outdoor sculptures they can be brought into the house or properly
      secured outside. You can protect any sculptures left outside from sand and flying
      debris by wrapping them in burlap bags or blankets tied securely with ropes.


   5. List all of the works you have in the collection. Include specific notes concerning
      any already existing damage; be sure to include condition details for the bases
      and frames. Be sure and secure the list in a separate location, or even online. If
      the need for an insurance claim should arise you will need proper
      documentation. A client from Virginia Beach, VA lost documentation and
      artwork last year due to it all being at the same place… their claims went on for
      several years and were never negotiated to anyone’s satisfaction. Don't let this
      happen to you, always be prepared. This last suggestion may be a lot of work but
      it wills SAVE YOU!


If you require the services of a qualified professional conservator, most quality art
handling companies, art insurance companies, museums, art galleries and quality
framers can most likely provide you with referrals for appraisers, conservators, fine art
storage providers and art professionals near you. Be sure to get second or even third
opinions because many art professionals may not have good judgment as to the best
quality of professional conservation. Remember too that a good craftsman does not
make, necessarily a good business man. So, while they may do a good job cleaning, for
example, they may drive you crazy with estimates, timelines etc. So, ask around.


Mimzy Allen
Art conservation questions? Call Scott Haskins 805 564 3438


Art appraisal questions? Call Richard Holgate at 805 895 5121


See a quick video tour of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories at
http://www.fineartconservationlab.com Leave a comment!


See a quick video on using Museum Wax
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYJ7FwjcL_E

								
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