When a trophy suffers from damage, many people try to repair it themselves. This isn’t necessarily in your best interest if you intend to keep the trophy around as long as possible, as proper bonding techniques and finishing are often executed improperly when done by untrained personnel. If the trophy is unique, older in age, or the repairs are rather difficult to conduct on your own, then having it repaired by professionals is the best option.
What Repairs Are Best Handled by a Professional?
Certain repairs are better off handled by a specialist, someone who has been creating and repairing trophies of all kinds for many years. They will have the right tools and materials to repair the trophy efficiently. They will also repair it well enough so that it is unlikely to happen again. As you will see below, there are many damages that might occur to a trophy that a professional will be able to assist you with.
- Chips and Knicks in the Trophy
- Broken Pieces
- Faded or Tarnished Areas
- Chipped Paint
- Faded Engraving
- Damaged Bases
A specialist will often be able to repair the trophy to appear as if it were new again, whether they need to repaint or polish it, repair a broken part, or replace a missing piece. Even the bases and plaques can be repaired or refurbished if necessary.
How to Maintain the Appearance of Your Trophy
In order to keep the trophy looking its best and to prevent it from the possibility of damage, you must care for the trophy properly. In order to protect the trophy, there are certain things you should do.
- Keep the trophy in a safe place. If children are in the home put the trophy up high so they can’t reach it easily.
- Don’t let the trophy collect dust and debris. Wipe it clean from time to time with a dry, soft towel. Depending on the material the trophy is made out of, you can use certain cleaners or even a slightly damp rag to wipe it clean.
- Don’t use anything that might be abrasive on the trophy.
- Purchase a glass or plastic case. By putting a clear box over the trophy, it is protected from dust and possible physical harm.
One thing is for sure, trophies act as collectibles for many people, especially those who enter many pageants, play sports, or attend ceremonies. Keeping them in tip-top shape is important, and trying to repair them yourself might cause even more harm. It is best to let a professional handle the issue.