On the Closure of Tears Using 3M Command Adhesive Strips

  • Steven Prins Steven Prins & Company, Conservation & Restoration of Paintings


A system of traction for the closure of torn paintings base on 3M Command Adhesive Strips is to be presented.  Developed over the past five years in the painting conservation studio of Steven Prins & Company, this technology presents a number of desirable characteristics that have made it the default methodology for closure of tears in the author’s studio; in particular:  low tech, low impact, low risk, readily deployed and removed, flexible and easy to work with.  While developed for use in the repair of paintings the technology might have applications in others of specialization.
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Author Biography

Steven Prins, Steven Prins & Company, Conservation & Restoration of Paintings
Steven Prins is owner and chief conservator at Steven Prins & Company, specializing in the conservation & restoration of paintings in Santa Fe, NM.  He received his undergraduate degrees in Chemistry (BS) and Combined Fine Arts: Studio & Art History (BFA) from Oberlin College in 1977.  He studied conservation, specializing in painting conservation, at the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYC from 1977 to 1983.  In that year, he joined the staff of the Rocky Mountain Regional Conservation Center, Denver, CO, where he worked until moving to Santa Fe in 1985.  As a painting conservator in private practice he and his staff have been providing conservation and restoration services to museums, governmental agencies, and other institutional collections, as well as private collectors and members of the trade for more than thirty years. 
How to Cite
PRINS, Steven. On the Closure of Tears Using 3M Command Adhesive Strips. Selected Proceedings of Advances in Conservation, [S.l.], nov. 2017. Available at: <https://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/waac/article/view/4026>. Date accessed: 21 july 2024.