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    Question asked 2019-04-19 18:28:43 ... Most recent comment 2019-04-19 19:38:09
    Drying Oils Flexible Supports Oil Paint
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    ​Regarding an oil painting on stretched canvas, I have heard a suggestion that one can use an iron on a low heat on the reverse side to flatten dents or folds.
    Elsewhere, it was said that heat will damage oil paint.
    I'm pretty sure that I have read that applying heat is an acceptible technique from a qualified source, but can't remember where.

    Csn you please give you views on this.
    (Assume that the paint layer is thin, flat and smooth.)

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    I do not want to come off snooty here but both results are a possibility, which is why we never suggest conservation treatments on this forum.  

    Brian Baade
    2019-04-19 19:38:09
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