Cracked and Lost Paint & Cleaning
Over time, oil paint exposed to poor environmental conditions can become dry, causing cracks and losses to appear.
Flaking paint can be successfully treated by using thermoplastic by injecting underneath the flaking paint. It is then heated with a hot spatula and re-adhered on to the panel support. Lost pigments can be sampled and matched so the restoration is invisible.
The accumulation of dirt, dust and grime can lead to oil paintings needing significant cleaning. Tobacco and smoke residue can also contribute to a layer of dirt settling over the painting.
Old varnish layers perish and turn yellow over time leading to discolourations of the paintwork surface. These old varnished can be safely removed and replaced with conservation grade non-yellowing varnish.
Depending on whether the painting needs a light, or more intensive professional solvent based clean, the removal of surface dirt and contaminants can achieve remarkable results
Panel can become damaged, consequential problems such as warping or cracking of the panel can arise. This can be fully stabilized by filling areas that have developed cracks or holes. For any areas that are filled they would need retouching and sympathetic colour matching to provide a uniform finish consistent with the artwork.
As with mending tears in canvas paintings, the result of fixing cracks and holes in panel paintings will be invisible to repair.