Polychrome surfaces are widely enjoyed for their vivid color and artistry. Polychrome is created by layering multiple materials – paint, gesso, varnish, or even metallic gilding – atop a foundation for an attractive laminated effect. Coincidentally, the interplay of materials that gives polychrome its beauty can be an equal factor in its deterioration. Over time, interaction between materials and their base can cause unforeseen incompatibility. Differing qualities of material result in various reactions to temperature and humidity. Loss of polychrome integrity can also come from everyday activity - accidental mishandling, poor storage, or simple wear and tear.
Bernacki & Associates combines the skill and necessary knowledge to return polychrome surfaces to their original vibrancy. Understanding of material composition is crucial, and conservation or restoration treatment begins with detailed analysis of subtle properties in both decoration material and substrate base. Flaking paint or lifting layers are stabilized, cleaned, and restored with an expert hand. As with all forms of decorative art, Bernacki & Associates examines and restores the surfaces for prior problematic restoration to avert further deterioration.