Scientific approaches to paint research aid understanding of the developmental history of a historic interior, reflecting changing tastes, fashions, and development in materials.
Architectural paint research must be factored into a work programme at an early stage, to allow time for assessment. Investigative analysis, which enables detailed understanding of scientific compositions of paint layers, may be partnered with archival research, enabling a correlation of scientific evidence with documented phases of occupancy or structural changes.
There are various levels of intervention and analysis to suit the scope of the project, significance of the building, and budget available.
Options may include:
- Archival research.
- Collection of paint samples, taken from architectural features, then set in resin.
- Examination of samples under polarising microscope (by our professional associates).
- On-site uncovering tests, to establish underlying paint schemes.