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Wednesday, May 30 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Scratch Removal and Polishing Treatment for High-Gloss Plastic Surfaces FULL

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Contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor, John McCracken and DeWain Valentine are known for their large-scale sculptures with industrial high-gloss finishes. The surfaces - made of polyester resin, acrylic glass, or automotive paint, for example - seem robust, but are in fact extremely delicate and prone to scratches. The slightest defect in these pristine, highly reflective surfaces can affect their visual continuity and compromise the integrity of the artwork. Contemporary art conservators are routinely confronted with the need to execute polishing treatments, of various scales, for sculptures made of plastic, as well as treat plastic elements that are integral part of face-mounted photographs, frames, and display cases. This workshop aims to address these concerns in two parts.

This workshop will provide insight into the various materials and making processes applied by artists, enumerate the most common causes of damage - including abrasions and imprints caused by packing material or inappropriate handling - and will illustrate damage patterns typical for high-gloss plastic surfaces. The workshop will include demonstrations of treatment methods for removing scratches and restoring the high-gloss appearance of plastic finishes, applicable both locally and to large-scale surfaces. Step-by-step instruction of various sanding and polishing techniques (both by hand and using machines) will be included. The instructors will also share insight on products and brands that have proven most effective, recommendations on how to control the procedure, and the physical and chemical limits of the treatment. Participants will have the opportunity to test products and methods on mock-ups.

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Delia Müller Wüsten

Associate Conservator, Contemporary Conservation Ltd.
Delia Müller-Wüsten has been an Associate Conservator at Contemporary Conservation Ltd. since 2012. She specializes in the conservation of artworks made of synthetic materials such as latex and synthetic resins, and has expertise on highly-polished surfaces from artists such as... Read More →
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Giuliana Moretto

Associate Conservator, Contemporary Conservation Ltd
As Associate Conservator at Contemporary Conservation Ltd. since 2009, Giuliana focuses on the conservation of objects and paintings in non-traditional materials – including bubble gum, chocolate and plastics – and innovative artistic techniques, such as Inkjet printing, vacuum-formed... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Tanglewood Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
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