Although the repair of Japanese and Chinese screens ought to be in the range of a paper restorer, there was a lack of conservators in this area for a number of years. Having been called on many times to repair rips and other damage to these screens and scrolls, it is an area that we feel confident to work. Generally speaking, such repairs require getting behind the surface, adhering the proper kind of rice paper on both sides of the tear, and carefully aligning the torn edges. We use an adhesive that does not stain or wrinkle water based inks and paper. Then we clamp the whole area flat until the adhesive has dried.
We also repair the paper hinges on screens, that often wear out. The wooden bars at either end of scroll paintings also need to be attached.