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3 Tips for Safely Transporting Fine Art

Any change in a piece of fine art’s constitution during delivery can threaten its overall appearance. Whether sensitive oil paints heat up and smudge or a sculpture’s materials react in the sunlight, transport can be tricky. Precise planning helps you get one or several pieces of art from point A to B without alteration. To master every step in the process, consider these three tips for safely transporting fine art.

Pack Properly

As a rule of thumb, defer to a professional mover. That said, if you are the professional, here’s how to improve your packing.

Prepare to treat every piece differently—while paintings tend to be relatively uniform surfaces, sculptures, and other pieces range widely. For an irregular package, consider building a tailor-made container. Bolster corners of framed paintings with extra cardboard to cushion impacts. Default to hardy, double-walled, corrugated cardboard boxes, and employ bubble wrap liberally. Just make sure you don’t place bubble wrap against the surface of a painting. Instead, insert acid-free tissue paper over the painting first.

Load Smartly

The next tip for safely transporting fine art is to expedite a smart loading process. Artwork should not be in an unregulated environment for long, even if you use a loading bay. Pre-planning where you’ll place everything in your vehicle helps save time.

To avoid inadvertent damage, never stack two boxes on top of one another. To prevent accidental stacking, clearly mark each item with a Don’t Stack or a Fragile warning. When it comes time to load, work quickly, and seal your vehicle upon finishing.

Transport Safely

Though packing and loading are important, the type of vehicle you transport pieces in matters most. Though insulated vans keep environmental factors out, what your business really needs is a refrigerated delivery van.

A refrigerated vehicle specializes in removing internal humidity that could lead to mold growth or corrosion. Meanwhile, their fine-tuned temperature controls prevent melting, cracking, distortion, and any other issue that may stem from sudden temperature change.