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    Question asked 2016-12-12 06:24:22 ... Most recent comment 2016-12-12 11:55:00
    Handling and Transportation Oil Paint
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    What is the best way to clean a dusty oil painting? Can I use a tack cloth? Should I pour water and wipe it off?
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  • EditDeleteModerator AnswerPlease do not use a tack cloth. These could easily leave a residue (as they do on your hands) when in contact with the painting, which could easily discolor or even attract and hold grime to the area. Also, please do not pour water on the surface. This could do many disastrous things. It could swell a glue size layer causing the paint to flake and delaminate, or cause the fabric support to sell or even shrink causing not only planar distortion but possibly the loss of ground and paint. It is generally best to gently dust a painting using a very very soft wide brush. A large badger blender is often used in the museum world but an affordable hake brush 2-4 inches wide would certainly suit the purpose.
    Baade, Brian
    2016-12-12 12:01:35
  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser CommentThank you Brian! So happens I have a large badger hair blender from Rosemary & Co.!
    2016-12-12 19:47:04
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