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Asked on Feb 29, 2012

How to move a painting?

HandyANDY - Handyman & All Repairs, LLCKMS Woodworks3po3
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OK, this probably sounds like a stupid question to some of you, but I really need to know how to safely move a painting. We inherited a very nice painting with significant value and very significant sentimental value. I need to know how to safely transport it for a 90-minute car ride with a toddler and all the stuff he requires for a weekend trip (basically half our house).
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  • FloorNerd
    on Feb 29, 2012

    Shrink rap it if it has a thick frame on it put it on nice and tight then a Hevy blanket wrap around it.

  • How big is the painting....on board or canvas....glass covered or just framed? If it's small, I just wrap in a good quality blanket and make certain it can move in the car. I collect antiques and have done this a ton. Otherwise, make you own packing with some 2"x2" and plywood to essentially make a sleve to move it in....not stupid a question at all....but one of those better safe than sorry deals!

  • 3po3
    on Feb 29, 2012

    Sorry, should have included all those details. It's about 30 by 24 inches, no glass, no backing, just paint on canvas in a nice but smallish frame. So you think a blanket is going to be good enough. I guess this is one of those things I probably should have figured out by now, but I have never had real art - just prints and posters.

  • Steve, I guess everybody covered all that is needed. But I can add one more thing. I buy a lot of the swim tubes, they come in colors and you can find them in Walmart for a dollar or something. I buy the ones that have a larger hole in the center. I use this for the chair legs. You can buy the same tubes, cut them to accomadate the frame size. Put them on all four sides. I then use the dollar table covers found on the dollar store to wrap my chair. You could wrap your painting with this as well. I then blanket wrap and shrink wrap the chairs. Hope this helps as you can try the same technique with your frame.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 29, 2012

    You will want to wrap, a blanket will work fine. For transport keep it vertical. If your trip will include flying projectiles then a heavy cardboard panel on each side will add some added protection.

  • 3po3
    on Feb 29, 2012

    Thanks everybody. That's about what I was thinking, KMS. I didn't know if that was a bad idea or if there were better plans out there. And Yamini, do you mean "pool noodles" like this?

  • Yes yes pool noodles. But get the ones that have a bigger hole so they fit tight in the frame. I do this for the chair legs.

  • 3po3
    on Mar 1, 2012

    Cool. I have never heard of that. I'll have to try it. Thanks.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 1, 2012

    I have used the black "pipe" foam insulation to pad some items for shipping...but it seems to cast a bit more than these noodles...I've only set foot in a Walmart once...so perhaps they could be found at some other location that is more socially responsible.

  • noodles would work...clever idea....just "carve" them out a bit...lay the frame in it and duct tape two pieces of panelling on the sides...should work as well....I reuse my frames so build them a bit better!

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