Conserving works of art and objects made of plastic presents problems to the curator that have hitherto remained unsolved.


Course of action

This feasibility study aims to develop a film of polyolefin wax that should ideally be able to be sprayed on. When applied as a barrier or protective layer to a plastic surface, it should offer effective protection against decay. Since the film is intended to be applied within a framework of preventive conservation, we aim to develop an effective, unobtrusive, reversible product that can be used in indoor spaces. Special attention is being placed on coordinating the ingredients so that we achieve a high degree of reversibility and long-term stability.


Once the study has been completed successfully, we should have one or two sample formulas that have been proven to have no potential for damage by means of a series of suitable tests on selected plastic surfaces.