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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