Paint Analysis

Miss Lassie's House. Wall painting, paint cross section viewed through the microscope.

What we do:

  • take paint samples
  • use a microscope to examine the samples
  • document results in reports
  • uncover original decoration by removing later layers of paint

Why we do it:

  • to study the history of painted decoration on an object
  • to identify original paint layers and decoration
  • to provide information to assist with conservation treatment