Packing a Painting for Shipping: Which Materials Do We Use?

Packing a Painting for Shipping Which Materials Do We Use

As professional fine art handlers, we know everything about preparing valuables for transportation. How you pack your artwork before shipping plays a crucial role in it arriving at its destination safely. The question that most beginner artists have when packing their pieces for the first time is which supplies are the best. Luckily, we have the answers. Here are three essential packing materials Fine Art Shippers uses when packing a painting for shipping.

Packing a Painting for Shipping: Which Materials Do We Use?

Preparing a canvas for shipping is a multi-stage process. Simply put, there are three essential layers that you should never forgo: the acid-free layer, the cushioning layer, and the sturdy, protective layer.

Acid-free lining

For the first layer, acid-free materials are a must. This layer protects the work of art from moisture, dirt, and dust. Whether you should choose glassine paper or art plastic will depend on the kind of painting you are shipping. But make sure you never use regular paper or plastic to wrap your paintings. Not only can they cause your piece to oxidize, but regular plastic can also stick to the face of the painting.

Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap and kraft bubble are the most common materials we use to prepare art for transportation. Cushioning materials are absolutely necessary to ensure that the piece withstands road vibration and impact.

Polystyrene foam

Polystyrene foam sheets are great for adding another layer of safety to your pieces. They can be cut to the measurements of a canvas, providing support for the entire perimeter of the artwork. Foam is also often used to make protective padding for the corners of framed paintings.

Cardboard and wooden crates

In an at-home environment, you will most likely use cardboard boxes to ship your artwork. If the canvases you paint on come in cardboard boxes when you purchase them, you can keep them and use them for shipping later (but make sure that their condition is adequate). We suggest that you use double-walled boxes for extra protection. Besides, Fine Art Shippers uses plywood to make custom art shipping crates. These containers are much sturdier than any other packaging option, but they are not a strict necessity in all cases.

Hopefully, our tips will make packing a painting for shipping a breeze. And, if you prefer to have your artwork packed and delivered by professionals, Fine Art Shippers is always ready to help.