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Question asked 2017-04-27 07:01:42 ...
Most recent comment 2017-04-28 21:17:05
Could you please advise how one might go about removing a painting done on linen from a panel (to which it has been adhered using acrylic medium) in the event that the panel has proven to be an unsuitable support or become damaged in some way? Or simply because the painting done originally didn't work out and one wants to glue a new piece of linen to the panel? I have tried removing linen from panel under the latter circumstances (when the painting didn't work out and was destined for the rubbish bin) , simply by pulling it off but found it virtually impossible. What solvents might a conservator use to achieve detachment in the event of a painting that needs to be saved?
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Well sorry to say that there is no ONE way to go about doing this...it depends entirely on the work of art, the exact acrylic emulsion, and the strength of the bond. All of these things have to be weighed carefully which is why trained conservators must do extensive testing each time to get a sense of what can be used that is safest for the artwork. Therefore our advice in this case is to simply consult with a trained conservator. They may be able to do the testing with you and then walk you through a potential treatment scenario that you can then carry out yourself. But without doing these tests and examining the paintings ourselves it is really impossible to give a "recipe" here...things could range from solvent-based to aqueous-based, getting very, very complicated (e.g. ph-balanced emulsions with chelators and buffering agents....well you get the idea).
Yes indeed and we agree with Mark Gottsegen's thoughts on this as well. While one can certainly use an acrylic medium and/or a pH-neutral PVA adhesive, BEVA is still probably your best bet as far as reversibility goes if you are going to adhere your painting to a rigid support. We have instructions on how to prepare your canvas in this manner in our Resources section in the "Rigid Supports" should you be interested.
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