Friday, December 9, 2016

Renault Restoration (Part 1)

This week's blog is the first of two covering the restoration of a 1928 Renault poster.

I wanted to focus on the process it takes for us to restore images where large sections are missing when I realized I hadn't ever done an automobile poster before, so two birds with one stone! 

After linen backing this piece, we did the prep work. I found paper that was almost a perfect match but wasn't quite the right dimensions for the largest hole. So, I did what I call a Frankenstein patch and used two patches from the same paper for the large hole. 

Two patches from the same paper, cobbled together to make one big patch! 

The patch for the missing corner.
Gabe took over after the prep work was finished. For works such as this, where we do have a reference, he starts by taking the measurements of the poster and then printing out the reference scaled to size.

From there he begins to sketch in the lines that we need and to determine how many different colors and patterns we will need to restore. This restoration project is one of the simpler ones and will require 6 different colors to be airbrushed in. 

 Once Gabe had the image drawn, he cut the mask for the red of the truck.

Aaron then matched the color and painted in the areas that needed to be the lovely bright red.

 The next post on this poster will have photos of the progress each time we add a new mask/color.

Certain proprietary steps and procedures have been omitted. If you have any comments or ideas for things you would like to see us cover on our blog, please let us know! Additional questions regarding other work or your pieces, please contact us via email at or by phone 818.882.1214.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

A Few Changes to the Blog

Hi All! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. We are working on a couple of blog projects that will be up over the next few weeks, but I also wanted to point out some new features of the blog.

If you look to the right sidebar, under Pages we have added two new ones: About Us and FAQs. The About Us section gives a little bio of all of our team members and we will update that when necessary. The FAQs section has some basic information about us, how our most commonly used techniques generally work and other information that we are asked regularly.

We created this blog to make the conservation and restoration process more transparent because we not only love what we do, we take pride in the work and the way that we accomplish all the amazing projects from our clients. I am in the process of creating a Glossary of terms as well, but that is taking some more time. However, if you have questions that you would like us to answer please leave a comment below or email me, Derry, at or Crystal and John at