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Best Practices for
Cleaning Paintings by George O'Hanlon
How and why of cleaning oil paintings
Over time, the appearance of paintings change not only because of accumulated dirt, but also because aging itself alters the materials that make up the painting. Besides the build-up of dust, dirt, and grime (e.g., soot, nicotine, etc.), the gradual yellowing and cracking of the varnish layer alters the image. This article gives artists practical and safer methods to clean their own paintings than what is currently taught or practiced by artists. The cleaning methods demonstrated in this four part article apply specifically to oil paintings, but some of the techniques and materials can also be used with additional precautions on acrylic, gouache and tempera paintings. READ MORE >>> Best Practices for Cleaning Paintings
Complete Supplies for Cleaning Paintings
Natural Pigments offers supplies to safely clean your oil paintings.The Mini Picture Cleaning Kit contains supplies for removing surface dirt and the oxidation products from both unvarnished and varnished oil paintings. It contains both dry cleaning and aqueous cleaning materials.Picture CleanGel is a solvent-free aqueous gel cleanser that is gentle to both varnished or unvarnished paint surfaces. The gel cleanser is designed to remove soil, proteinaceous and carbohydrate materials from varnished and unvarnished oil paint surfaces. It is also useful as a cleaner for paintings that have collected dirt and dust immediately prior to varnishing.
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