How can I clean my own oil painting?


How can I clean my own oil painting?

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  • Gk Gk on Mar 10, 2020

    I have no experience cleaning oil paintings but here is a start for you!

  • Kathy Kathy on Mar 10, 2020

    Dry bread i believe gail.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 10, 2020

    I can't make any guarantees about the safety of these methods for your particular paintings. But I can tell you what I do to clean my own paintings.

    1. safest, but won't work on sticky areas: use a very soft brush to remove dust and soot particles (super soft paintbrush, baby toothbrush, shaving brush, that kind of thing). You can buy a micro attachment kit for your vacuum that has small brushes (under an inch in diameter) for deeper cleaning (don't scrub the surface with the bristles, though--just light, circular passes). If that doesn't work, you can use a chemical sponge (dry rubber sponge: in short strokes across the surface, but only if the surface isn't damaged or flaky. It picks up every last bit of dirt and soot, but likely won't work on the really sticky parts.

    2. use soft, clean cloths and water with a few drops of dish detergent. If you can remove the frame to test this on the side or edge of the painting first, do so. Watch the surface of the painting and check the cloths to see what's coming off, and obviously if the paint colors are lifting off, stop cleaning. Try just damp cloths at first, dab the painting, no scrubbing.

    If these methods don't work, it might be worth it to ask around at the gallery to see if there is a conservator's apprentice or helper working there. Ask around unofficially by checking with the security guards, reception staff, gallery shop clerks, etc. He/she might be willing to look at your painting to recommend a solvent or clean it for a lower price (under the table on his/her own time). You could also check antique and framing shops to see if they have lower prices for cleaning services.

    • Gail Gail on Mar 10, 2020

      Thank you Mogie. will try on the edge first as you suggested.

  • Start by dusting it off with a clean paint brush.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Mar 11, 2020

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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 12, 2020

    I use a soft paint brush to clean my oil paintings. It works great and also a blow dryer set on a cool setting and lightly blowing the dust off.