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Over time, the surface of a canvas can easily become damaged by dust, dirt, grime and smoke from tobacco and open fires. Using light or more intensive solvents, we can safely and effectively remove the dirt with fantastic results. Even after a good clean, an oil painting can still look discoloured. This is because old varnish can perish and become yellow over time. We can carefully remove these layers with solvents then replace them with conservation-grade non-yellowing varnish.
Tears often look severe, but we can fully repair any rip, hole or puncture by drawing the canvas back together thread to thread. Our non-invasive methods are invisible and usually reversible.
Even if your painting is badly damaged, loose or torn, we can strengthen and support it with a lining – the addition of a second canvas to a weakened original, to provide reinforcement and stability to an artwork.
If the surface of your oil painting has become cracked and areas of paint are lifting from the canvas, we can re-adhere flaking paint, fill any losses, carefully retouch and colour-match any lost pigment for a seamless repair.
Mould is caused by the painting being kept in damp, humid and poorly ventilated conditions or from water damage. Left untreated, it can spread and cause severe deterioration. Water damage can cause an assortment of issues from staining, blooming varnish and mould. Our restoration team can easily treat these issues to reverse the damage and match any missing pigments.
We always make sure our clients understand the recommendations we are making to them, however, if you have been told your painting requires lining or relining it means the addition of a second canvas to a weakened original, to provide reinforcement and stability to an artwork.
To find out more read our blog here about lining.
Yes, an oil painting that has been stored in a damp area, been subject to water damage or fluctuating temperatures can grow mould which can affect the surface of the painting and cause damage. Our team will treat the mould to stop it from spreading and then repair the damage caused.
Yes, first of all, avoid pressure or touching the surface, if possible keep the painting flat. Our conservators can consolidate the paint layer by applying localised adhesive with heat and pressure to secure the flaking paint layers. If required, we can fill missing areas and retouch to match the texture and colours of the painting.