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Paint Analysis

Paint and pigment analysis is a specialist scientific process carried out by conservators, which can assist in the identification of paint sequences and original colour schemes and is much more reliable than the traditional scrape.

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Companies supplying goods or services for Paint Analysis
Campbell Smith & Co Ltd
1-3 Reading Road, Hampshire, Eversley RG27 0RP
Tel 01252 618002
Since 1873. Campbell Smith & Co have decorated, conserved and restored the finest interiors. Our craftspeople are highly skilled in historic decorative techniques and expert in the application of distempers, flat oil paints, lime wash, French polishing, gilding, stencilling, trompe l’oeil, marbling and graining. We undertake architectural paint research, materials analysis and provide consultancy on all aspects of historic decorative finishes. During the past 145 years, we have retained a comprehensive archive on over 12,000 projects which uniquely informs our work and is an invaluable resource for clients. Award-winning advice can be provided on colour and interior design.
The Studio, Wild Acre, Ladock TR2 4PQ
Tel 01726 435664
Recognised internationally in the field of architectural paint research (paint scrapes & paint cross-sections), historic paint analysis and historic interiors research, Crick-Smith have been providing a valued unique paint analysis, conservation and research service to the heritage sector since 1983, and under the Crick-Smith name since 1995. They have worked on many high-profile projects, including St Pancras, Kenwood House, Kew Palace, Osborne House, the Glasgow School of Art and Willow Tea Rooms with completion of 500+ projects.
Hare & Humphreys
27 Kelso Place, Kensington, London W8 5QG
Tel 020 7833 8806
Hare & Humphreys, established in 1987, are conservators specialising in decorating and gilding. They can advise on the causes of decoration deterioration and to write specifications for the conservation or restoration of historic interiors, as well as carry out condition surveys, historic buildings reports and historic paint analysis. Advice is available on appropriate systems for redecoration and a design service for colour schemes, wall coverings, fabrics and specialist artwork, with a team of French polishers, fibrous plasterers, joiners and other historic building craftsmen and conservators.
Helen Hughes - Historic Interiors Research & Conservation ( HIRC )

Tel 020 7263 5916
For the past 25 years Helen Hughes, an ICON accredited conservator and a Fellow of IIC has been conducting paint research in listed buildings, period properties and a wide variety of historic structures. Services include paint analysis, the replication of traditional paint systems, management planning, lecturing and conservation training. By combining detailed on-site detective work with documentary investigation, and the scientific examination of applied paint layers, it is possible to establish how rooms were originally decorated and offer advice on their future decoration and conservation management.
Hirst Conservation Ltd
Head Office, Laughton , Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 0HE London Office, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL
Hirst Conservation, established in 1986 by Elizabeth Hirst, who was trained by the Bakers, who were amongst the UK’s most eminent conservators of wall paintings and limestone sculpture. They are on the Conservation Register and employs a number of PACR accredited conservators. The company structure includes a wide range of disciplines, including stone and sculpture, lime plastering , metal and bronze, stucco, decorative finishes, wall paintings, materials analysis, paint research and easel paintings conservation, using experienced conservators. Other aspects of their work include cleaning of building surfaces, gilding, environmental monitoring, moisture and salts profiling, condition surveys, and remedying ceiling suspension.
WPD Productions Ltd
Broad Oak , Burchetts Green Lane, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead SL6 3 QW
Tel 020 8885 1515
Specialist decorators and lime plasterers. We work on historic properties and heritage sites throughout London and the surrounding counties. We offer all services related to the use of lime including plastering, interior and exterior lime rendering, washes, moulds, casting, detail work and colour matching of substrate. We also offer consultancy and project management services. Please see our website for further details.
Lisa Oestreicher, Esher Lodge, Chaucer Road, Bath, Somerset, BA2 4QY Telephone 01225 466374 Website:
Patrick Baty, Papers and Paints, 4 Park Walk London SW10 0AD Telephone 0207 352 8626 Website: