The most problems people face is to resist the temptation of touching an oil painting that is flaking. I have been amused to witness even the seasoned experienced collectors be rate themselves after they touch a flaking area and knock paint off.
Damaged art work should be removed from display once it’s damaged due to people’s tempation of touching it.
This photograph shows the worst type of judgement possible where someone has rubbed off the flaking paint all together.
It is very important to remember that we can save the original paint in almost every type of flaking condition. This type of preservation/conservation treatment preserves the original nature of the painting, helps the painting to retain its highest value and in the end will require less inpainting.
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Oh my! it is so disgusting…How could oil paint be so vulnerable? Thanks for the knowledge.. I will always keep this in mind..Keep posting!
Thanks Kim for your comment. Remember that when something is “valuable” it could be from the point of view of historical, emotional or financial. So, taking care of potentially “valuable” items now could mean a lot to others in the future.
Hello Scott, I know this post is very old, but for me is a new topic. I am a new painter in our village. I have one question to ask. Would it be possible if I’m using a paint brush to my old car? what will be the result? We don’t have money to buy a compressor.
Sorry Sam to say, It will look awful compared to a sprayed finish.
It may be achievable to acceptable external cracking by merely removing the movable or flaking paint with a scraper or cable disagreement.