Film Poster Restoration

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Film Poster Restoration

Unread post by Brooksie » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:14 pm

Poster collectors: what are your experiences of poster restoration?

I've got a reasonably rare small poster (13"x30", the Australia-exclusive size known as a 'daybill') in poor condition, with wear in all the places you'd expect - along edges, on fold lines and so on. Restoration would probably involve flattening it out and filling in small areas of lost material.

Does anyone have a ballpark figure for having it restored? Can anyone recommend a restorer who is particularly good (or, perhaps more importantly, any that should be avoided?)

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Re: Film Poster Restoration

Unread post by oldposterho » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:08 pm

Linen backing and mild restoration would do wonders for your daybill. I can't imagine it being more than a couple hundred bucks, depending on how much resto work you have them do. Top, no nonsense restorers I can recommend are Studio C and Poster Mountain, and have also heard good things about the ladies at Fourth Cone although I've never used them. Avoid PosterFix like the plague.

Just to get the obligatory caveat out of the way, sometimes you back a poster simply because you want it to display well. Often there's a 'doesn't-make-sense-financially' component that you just have to ignore and do it because you want to see it at it's best. This is a viable option for a poster that is super rare or unlikely to cross your path again but makes less sense if it's a common title that would be cheaper just to wait for a cleaner copy to come through the pipeline.

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Re: Film Poster Restoration

Unread post by Brooksie » Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:49 pm

Thank you, just the kind of information I was looking for. Now that I've had another look at the poster, it's in somewhat better shape than I remember, so hopefully it won't need as radical a restoration as I initially feared. If I go ahead with a restoration, I'll post some before and after pictures.

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Re: Film Poster Restoration

Unread post by Danny Burk » Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:21 pm

I don't collect posters and other paper, so I've not been in need of restoration work personally, but I'm impressed by the samples I see on Brian Anthony's website:

http://www.anthonyrestorations.com/pages/ar_work_1.html

Brian has been a friend of mine for over 35 years, and he also happens to be the author of the Charley Chase biography, "Smiles When the Raindrops Fall".

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Re: Film Poster Restoration

Unread post by missdupont » Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:53 pm

I have many friends here in LA who go to Poster Mountain.
https://www.postermountain.com

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Re: Film Poster Restoration

Unread post by BenModel » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:13 pm

Check out Posterfix on the web and on Facebook. There are videos of the work they do as well as photo galleries.

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Re: Film Poster Restoration

Unread post by LouieD » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:36 pm

BenModel wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:13 pm
Check out Posterfix on the web and on Facebook. There are videos of the work they do as well as photo galleries.

Ben
DO NOT USE Posterfix. The guy is known in the industry to do shoddy work and is not honest. Check this thread:

http://www.allposterforum.com/index.php ... 743.0.html

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Re: Film Poster Restoration

Unread post by rudyfan » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:15 pm

Brooksie wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:14 pm
Poster collectors: what are your experiences of poster restoration?

I've got a reasonably rare small poster (13"x30", the Australia-exclusive size known as a 'daybill') in poor condition, with wear in all the places you'd expect - along edges, on fold lines and so on. Restoration would probably involve flattening it out and filling in small areas of lost material.

Does anyone have a ballpark figure for having it restored? Can anyone recommend a restorer who is particularly good (or, perhaps more importantly, any that should be avoided?)
I have used Poster Mountain in LA for decades. They are fabulous.
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