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REMOVING DISCOLOURED VARNISH FROM AN OIL PAINTING

 

removing discoloured varnish

removing discoloured varnish

 

Removing discoloured varnish from an oil painting

When removing varnish from a painting one winds a small ball of cotton wool around a wooden stick to form a cotton bud.
This is then dipped into the solvent and disposed onto the varnished surface by rolling and/or gentle rubbing movements.
The dissolved varnish is, through the capillary action of the cotton wool, absorbed into the cotton wool bud until it is soaked with dissolved varnish.

Then one makes a new cotton wool bud and starts all over again.

The cleaning of paintings should be left in the hands professionals.
It requires a rather specific knowledge, years of experience and a lot of patience.

SO DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME !