The following is a compendium of materials commonly used to wrap, pack and protect art and artifacts. Click on a list item below to visit a detailed article on each material. Ultimately these articles will mature to include photos, typical material applications, case studies, vendor links, and more.
Our goal is to provide you with information on how the materials can be used and how they react, both positive and negatively. Although there may be times when you may have to use a material because it is the only one available to get the job done, and which may not be the most correct option, you need to know the limits of that material.
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Acid-Free Tissue - Unbuffered
Brown Paper (Kraft Paper, Butcher Paper)
Corrugated Plastic (Coroplast®, Corulite)
Ethafoam™ Polyethylene Foam
Foam Board, Fomecor®
Gator Foam® and Gator Board®
(Extruded Polystyrene Chips, Peanuts, or Pelspan®)
Muslin (Cotton fabric)
Poly Sheeting - High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Poly Sheeting - Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
PolyPlank® Polyethylene Foam
Polypropylene Foam Wrap
Polystyrene, Extruded (XPS)
Polyurethane Ester Foam
Polyurethane Ether Foam
(Jiffy Wrap, Custom Wrap)
Stretch Wrap - LLDPE (Linear Low Density Polyethylene)
Silicone Release Paper/Mylar
Teflon® (PTFE - Polytetrafluorethylene)
Volara® Crosslinked Polyethylene Foam