Nielsen metal frame touch up

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  1. jp80874

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    The good news is I got in a six state juried photography show. The bad news is that some of the Nielsen Black Florentine frames came back with scratches and scrapes to the surface. Any suggestions on touch up to the abused surfaces?

    John Powers
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

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    Not a suggestion, but this is why galleries often like wooden frames. They don't show as much wear when work is being moved in and out of display, sold, and shipped, and they're easier to touch up. I still use metal at home though.
     
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    Yes. Try a run-of-the- mill black Magic Marker. Nothing like a permanent fix ... but it works -*very nearly* undectectably.
     
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    I prefer a Sharpie marker.
    As someone who hangs exhibitions, I would much rather work with Nielsen metal frames. Wood looks nice and is easier to touch up, but anything with wires is a pain.
    Give me some Nielsen frames, a level, tape measure and some sheetrock screws and that exhibit is up in no time... nice and level, easy to adjust spacing and secure.
    Just my $0.02 worth.
     
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    I second the motion for Sharpie. It's a close match for most black finishes, except maybe highly polished and extremely matte. I've used them for quite some time in touching up cameras and associated equipment. If there are dings or deep scratches there is little to cure that, but color matching makes these defects less obvious. If the frames need to be *perfect*, I've found no alternative but to replace them.
     
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    I've found a paint pen does about the best job for me, or a small tube of auto touch-up paint works about as well
     
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    I hope this isn't a thread hijack. Maybe John would also be interested in this too.

    I have several Black Nielsons that are well past the marker touch up stage. It is time to buff them with sandpaper and repaint them.
    Can anyone suggest the best Glossy Black, rock hard, bulletproof spray paint for this purpose? Hopefully something readily available at the local hardware store or Home Depot.

    I have made scores of corrugated cardboard protective corners to put on my frames during transport so hopefully this problem will be eliminated or at least greatly reduced in the future.
     
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    Makes perfect sense to me to look at the next step. I think the sharpie will take care of mine now, but paint is probably just another show away.

    Thanks all for your thoughts.

    John Powers
     
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    Sharpies/magic markers reflect more blue than the Nielsen Frames. I wonder if black kiwi wax/shoe polish would do the trick?
     
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    With sharpies, put some on the scratch and then buff it off before it dries. then there won't be so much purple-ish ink on the frame.

    Jon