Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Caring For Oil Paintings

Protecting Artwork; Newly Painted Work
Although paintings are dry at the time of sale, they have often not had enough time to cure. Curing is a chemical process that can take 6 months or longer. During this time it is important to protect the artwork from damage. Do not touch, rub, scrape or clean a painting for at least a year from the date of purchase. Do not seal or varnish a painting during this time either. If moving or shipping a painting It is critical that the painted area does lean against any surface and does not touch packing materials in any way. When viewing artwork before purchase, during purchase or after purchase, do not allow the painting to be touched. Even after the curing process it is important to protect the painting from dirt and oils from hands, or other items.

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