Restoring a safe is not at all easy, and it requires a great deal of attention and care. Our luxury safes are carefully preserved by means of cleaning and repair. They are brought back to life in a way that does not specifically change them. Just as paintings and old buildings are preserved, our safes undergo the same philosophy and practice. Restored LSC safes are not modified, made new, or falsified in any way. Considered as unique, rare pieces of European art and cultural heritage, the original craftsman's workmanship and evidence of special talent go undisturbed.
LSC cooperates extensively in this area with our colleagues and external specialists from all over Germany. Simply stated, everyone works together - whether as masters of fitting, carpentry, upholstery, or restoration. All of our craftsmen are experts and masters in their trade. Having been trained in and being familiar with both antique and modern handicraft techniques for restoring safes, and having decades of experience, our craftsmen use only the best methods for restoration and refinement, which have been perfected over generations. These are the best craftsmen in Germany. These experts are more than just motivated to ensure quality - they strive to ensure that every part of each safe are restored perfectly. They also guarantee that all guidelines are met for a perfect restoration, accordingly in a new 'old' gloss.
The first step in the restoration process is to examine each antique safe individually in order to determine what work must be done. The next step is to evaluate which materials, techniques, and specific craftsmen are necessary. From that point forward, restoration begins. Many safes require a great deal of work. Some of them that we acquire have been 'fixed up' throughout the years, resulting in them being improperly repainted - they were painted over using newer paints. Employing a time-consuming, costly, detailed process, restorers clear away the newer paint, and uncover the original paint dyes used. The original painting is then replaced and regenerated, to match the original work.
Further, it is essential that all of the scrapes and tears in the wood are repaired, and all metal parts and ornaments are rejuvenated and polished. In order to preserve the original appearance of each safe, everything must be done very carefully, conscientiously, and above all, most professionally. As stated, restoring LSC safes require special care. Due to the age of our safes, we have concluded that we get the best workmanship by using various crafting techniques that are generally used today. These techniques include historical techniques, such as historical surface treatment, historical veneer techniques and gold plating, and any other appropriate techniques that we find necessary and useful. Further, in this day and age, craftsmen who have expertise in these techniques are limited.
Considering all things, the restoration of a safe from LSC understandingly takes approximately 3-6 months.