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Wrapping completed jobs......

Tim Hayes.

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
What do you use to wrap customer's completed framing jobs? Paper (What color?) or plastic(What color?)(Sounds like a Supermarket question?)
Is your logo/store info printed on the wrapping material?
Do you put a BIG logo sticker on the outside wrapping?

Thanks for your input!

Tim Hayes
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PFG, Picture Framing God
I usually don't wrap until the customer sees the finished piece. Then I offer to wrap but the majority chooses to take them unwrapped.

One thing I try to always do when there aren't other customers to serve is to carry the finished framing out to the vehicle and place it inside for them in such a manner that it isn't riding on a seat belt buckle or an umbrella or some other item that could scratch or mar the frame. I make the decision whether to pad the frame with cardboard, move it to a safer location in the vehicle or place it in the trunk. That way I know that when it leaves my gallery it is riding in such a way that it won't get mucked up on the way home. From there it is the customer's responsibility.



MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Originally posted by FramerGuy:

One thing I try to always do when there aren't other customers to serve is to carry the finished framing out to the vehicle and place it inside for them in such a manner that it isn't riding on a seat belt buckle or an umbrella or some other item that could scratch or mar the frame. I
Allow me to tell you a little story about this sort of thing, that will, hopefully, be a word to the wise.
At my soon to be departed part-time job, the big box store that we are in also sells already framed pictures.(I won't call it art, but that's another whole thread!) A couple of months ago, a lady came into the store, purchased a large picture, and refused help in getting it out to and into her car. Needless to say, in getting it into her car, she dropped it, and broke the glass. She promptly brought it back into the store, wanted it repaired, by us. Now, remember, we are not part of the store. We are a contract operation within the store. To make a very long story short, the picture sat in our shop for over a month, with our manager and the store's manager arguing over who was going to pay to replace the glass that the lady broke herself by refusing to have help putting a large picture in her car. Now, Children, what is the moral of this story???

Lance E

The Moral??? Perhaps that the majority of females are difficult to understand??? (kidding, that is an interesting scenario indeed)

We use cardboard corners and bundle wrap (mostly), that way the wrap can be pulled back to show the frame and the image is in the open. Often the job will fit into one of our BIG bags, if not it's just the corners and wrap!
Since starting using this we have had only minimal problems, mostly occuring when the finished items get built up too much and stacked poorly.


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Clear plastic bags so they remain dust and fingerprint free.

The King

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
I shrink wrap smaller items - up to about 20x24, and I have plastic bags on rolls - up to 40x60 - for larger ones. If I know it's going to be transported for some distance or it's a gift that may need to be wrapped, I make a 3-sided corrugated folder for it in addition to the shrink wrap or bag. I have an assortment of bubble wrap, cardboard corners and other packing paraphanelia to help get them home safely, but I pack to transport, not to ship.

I'll deliver locally on particularly large or clumsy pieces - for free.

I'm a very accomodating guy.


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
It depends. Kraft paper mostly. We wrie the names on the side to make the peice easier to find. Really expensive, large frames we bubble wrap the corners, top and sides. Oils and smaller, very expensive frames we put cardboard over the front before wrapping. I tried plastic for a time, but I thought it was too slippery- the framed items slid in storage. We always unwrap the pieces when the customer comes in for pick-up, even if they say not to. The customer has to inspect the work and approve it before they leave. I don't wish to be held responsible if they damage it om the way home.

Mike Labbe

Member, Former moderator team volunteer

We use black kraft paper as a dust cover for the majority of pieces, with a company logo/name/address/phone decal and tru-vue u/v conservation decal on the back.

Most pieces are then wrapped in regular(non black) kraft paper and have a larger company logo decal(no name/address) on the outside of the package to hold it closed in the center. (the ends are taped)

The customer's name is written on the side so we can easily identify it in the "completed order" bins.

Larger and delicate pieces get bubble wrapped and/or cardboard corners.

When the customer comes in, we ALWAYS open them up to show the customer the front and back. Partly for liability reasons, and partly to see the pleased reaction on their face
(Isn't that the best part?)



SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Big, clear plastic bags (our local sheriff's department sells them as a fund raiser for charity projects they do). Gary carries the big, awkward dtuff out for them whether they want him to or not. If it is to big for a bag, I try to find or make a cardboard box to fit. I want it to at least get home without a scratch. We have also been known to deliver, especially when someone doesn't have a vehicle big enough for the piece.

Jack Cee

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
We use clear plastic bags; if they really through a fit, we will wrap in kraft paper. For those special few that furnish the paper, we will gift wrap. Wrapping for shipping is a different story altogether; we have a $40.00 charge for that service. We insist on carrying the picture to the customers vehicle to avoid some of the disasters refered to.

Jack Cee


MGF, Master Grumble Framer
We put cardboard corner protectors on the frame and then shrink wrap - and carry out to the customer's vehicle. Frames that don't fit the shrink wrapper (or rapper - depending on your taste in music) + + +(sorry 'bout that)
We put in large clear plastic bags (available on rolls from United)


MGF, Master Grumble Framer
We wrap the finished piece in brown kraft paper and write the customer's name on it for I.D. until pick up.

We unwrap each piece for the customers’ approval. (And to make sure that it's the correct frame :D )

I usually only carry it to the car if it's big or the person needs the help. After all your stories though, I might start carrying them all out.
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