Smoke Damaged Oil Paintings

The experts in cleaning and restoring artwork

In the event of smoke and fire harming your artwork, our experienced team is able to respond immediately to lessen damage and reduce claim costs. Alongside the extensive damage that can be caused by fire, soot and ash from fireplaces and cigarette and cigar smoke all contribute to the discolouration of oil paintings.

Using the correct safety equipment, we can attend a site visit to assess the damage after a fire. Following this initial assessment – and for all fire and smoke damaged paintings – a detailed recommendation report will be provided along with a quotation.

Our trained art handlers and conservators will create an inventory, pack and transport the damaged contents, and work on site when necessary. The damaged paintings should not be touched or wiped, as this will cause the grinding of the soot and ash particles into the painted surface and risk subsequent damage.

A trained conservator will be able to comprehensively decontaminate the artwork and use an ozone generator to remove unpleasant odours. The painting will be cleaned and the fine particles of soot and ash removed without compromising the structural or aesthetic quality of the painting.

We can provide:

  • A site visit with full safety equipment and resources
  • Detailed recommendation report after initial assessment
  • Full quotation including costs for packing and collection
  • Complete decontamination including use of an ozone generator
  • A specialist conservator dedicated to your restoration
  • Delivery once the restoration is completed

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Many thanks for your excellent work on the restoration of an oil painting – cleaned, revarnished and repaired – bringing the painting back to life again. Money well spent and would have no hesitation in using your services again.

John Cameron


The Fine Art Restoration Company restored an old oil painting of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and what went as a bit of a wreck came back as a beautiful picture that now hangs on my wall.  The restoration was done carefully and sympathetically so as not to compromise the original integrity and age of the painting.  The old frame was also given much needed attention to the same high standard.  The company arranged collection and return of the picture which made the process very easy for me.

Mrs Goddard

Stan Nicholls, Suffolk

A big thank you to you to all the team at the Fine Art Restoration Co., for your exceptional service and excellent work.
You were very impressive from the first phone call, your follow up, your flexibility on the cost and changing your scheduling so that we received the painting back in good time.  On the painting itself, she looks absolutely fabulous and you wouldn’t know that there was ever a significant tear on her.
Helen Gaidatzis

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