LOUIS VUITTON TRUNKS COVERED WITH PAINT - STRIPPING

CATERING FOR A MERCHANT AT THE SAINT-OUEN FLEA MARKET

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Red painted trunk

 

The know-how of the Malle2luxe workshops highlighted in these two complex restorations. Two trunks ! Two Stories! Two challenges ! 

   

We are going to tell you  two  incredible stories . Those of a merchant who owned  the  treasures  unknowingly. This chip merchant from Saint Ouen, specializing in Louis Vuitton travel trunks. Entrusted us with two old Louis Vuitton trunks one year apart   for restoration.

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Brown painted trunk

 

These Louis Vuitton trunks were  fully painted:
  • The first of a Red painting - initials: FA
  • The second of a Brown paint - initials MD
Each  hid one of the historic paintings  of the Louis Vuitton house.

LUXURY TRUNK PAINTED DURING THE WAR


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During the dry stripping of a Louis Vuitton woven fabric
  • The first the fabulous  woven striped canvas  Circa 1872, this weaving is made with dyed linen threads in the mass. We believe that this red paintwas applied to give it a facelift, a new look , without taking into account that this extraordinary trunk would be so valuable many years later. The initials FA were repainted over the red paint but below we found marks of a previous black marking with identical initials .
During the solvent stripping of a Louis Vuitton stenciled canvas
During the solvent stripping of a Louis Vuitton stenciled canvas
  • The second, a  prestigious Damier canvas Circa 1890. This technique was common during  the various world wars  when wealthy families fledtaking their luggage. For the sake of discretion , their Louis Vuitton trunks were painted black or brown.

The challenge of these two restorations was of great magnitude, almost lost in advance. Stripping  a painted trunk is indeed  practically impossible.  The nature of the fabrics is completely different.


AFTER RESTORATION - MALLE2LUXE


LOUIS VUITTON TRUNK, STRIPED CANVAS, STEEL BORDER, STEEL CORNERS, BRASS STUDS

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  • The  woven fabric  will be dry-stripped. In fact, if the canvas is wet, the diluted paint will enter the fibers and stain the striped woven canvas forever. Our client's wish was to keep the initials FA on the side, so we had to strip the paint, taking care to leave the initials ... we were no longer close ... After stripping we could proceed to the restoration of other elements such as steel , brass, wood and canvas with a traditionalnatural process identical to that used in 1872  when creating this waterproof canvas which protects the contents of the luggage.

LOUIS VUITTON TRUNK, DAMIER CANVAS, LEATHER BORDER, BRASS CORNERS AND HARDWARE

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  •  The checkered canvas is a canvas coated with a stencil which imposes totally different techniques. It will therefore be necessary to use a solvent-based stripper , taking care not to strip too much otherwise everything will go away. It 's precision chemistry . To strip this trunk you will need more than 450 liters of water. It's a long job that requires great concentration . After stripping, 90% of the paint could be removed, we were then able to restore the checkered canvas.

 

For each trunk it will take perseverance, even relentlessness, but the result is  fabulous  ! The two intact trunks reveal an exceptional canvas. 100% of the original canvas is preserved and original, no paint was used to restore the canvas of these two trunks! The know-how of the Louis Vuitton trunk restorer.

 


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