Acrylic & Oil Painting Tips : Cleaning Oil On Canvas Paintings

Acrylic & Oil Painting Tips : Cleaning Oil On Canvas Paintings

In this clip, we’re going to talk about cleaning
an oil painting. Cleaning an oil painting is really, rather easy, but for inexperienced
hands, it can lead to a disaster. Take for example, this. This is a painting that has
issues here. It’s got a crack. It’s also got some dirt, and it’s got some areas, that looks
like the canvas has been stretched in the wrong way. By cleaning an oil painting, it
will bring out not only the light, but it will create a sense that the painting is fresh
and new. Some of the issues of cleaning an oil painting, are that if you over clean the
painting, you’re going to get what’s known as abrasion, and what that means, is that
you’re going too deep into what the artist originally did. Thus, leaving the painting
pretty flat, and taking away some of the paint. There are solvents that you can use. You use
them with a very soft cloth, or sometimes even with a Qtip, depending on how much you
want to take off. You dip the cloth in the solvent. In this case, for the most part,
turpentine or something like that, and you gently rub to get the loose dirt. Once you’ve
done that, as you can see, there is dirt that’s come off. Once you’ve done that, you can get
a Qtip. In this case, I will do a brush, and literally dip that brush into the solvent,
and little by little, take off the dirt.


  • laobhaise7 says:

    'cleaning a painting' is NOT 'easy'. this guy is a fake and does not have a clue what he is talking about. DO NOT FOLLOW this advice, not only is it harmful to the person using the solvent it WILL cause irreversible damage to the painting. i am fine art conservator and i am very concerned to see this type of 'advice' online.

  • namuk79 says:

    i am a qualified paintings conservator-restorer and i can clearly certify that such advices are wrong. please do not follow such instructions. you can cause irreparable damage …and will cost you more to have it treated by conservators

  • dietrich berlin says:

    @namuk79 Can you post a video on how a novice can clean their oil painting and where to obtain the chemiclas? Thank you!

  • namuk79 says:

    i am sure your intention was a good one. but kindly note that, for the benefit of valuable paintings, make sure to advice others to have their paintings inspected & treated by professional conservators, and NOT by a novice (as you put it). I've seen disastrous treatments by non-experts simply because they were'nt aware of the damage they were doing. cleaning paintings is extremely delicate and may take months or even years. plus there are no standard chemicals that can be used for all paintings

  • dietrich berlin says:

    Thank you for your reply! I have located a Conservator in Cincinatti, OH, Wiebold Studios and will take the painting to them for inspection. I have a beautiful German Landscape from the 1950's and it needs the varnish layer removed and new varnish applied. Kind Regards!

  • alientrail says:

    I am an artist and also restore oil paintings,he is giving very bad advice,dipping a rag in solvent is going to take the varnish off,it is not easy to clean a painting.
    Please don't copy this crazy man,!
    take it to an expert.

  • mark wholey says:

    Nuts. Start by wiping with a soft cloth and water. Distilled preferably and see what happens. Caution in the way to go not with chemicals unless you know your stuff.

  • Le Med Student says:

    Yeah lets use turpentine on the painting undiluted and without any means to stop the reaction. ExpertVillage is a worst stuff on youtube. Ultra short videos full of morons who claim to be 'experts'. this is NOT how you clean an oil painting, you need at least two to three steps to clean dirt then varnish removal then painting cleaning. Gosh expertvillage sucks

  • Thuggee says:

    tips on how to destroy a paint in seconds

  • Krystal Bizx says:

    What the heck? I have the exact same painting, same composition, same colors, same everything but maybe a couple inches smaller painted but Curt Saurer in 1952. I guess this was a popular spot in southern France Cape D'antibes or it was 'copied' from somewhere, he painted multiple or something? It's an oil painting on a canvas panel.

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