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    A big part of finishing

    is knowing when your done. My son Jarrod could probably do this conservation work but I need to have him spend allot more time with me learning the intricacies of this work. I have 4 painting to clean be fore I leave next week and each one takes about 8 hours. I did this one today. One picture shows the edge of the painting that was concealed from the elements and thus remained almost the original color. This is what shellac will do to painting , furniture and anything else over time. I do allot of cleaning projects but painting conservation is my favorite.
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    Wow, quite a difference there. I assume the shellac was applied to preserve the painting at one time?
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    I think it was used by someone other then the artist, if the artist did it he would have done the painting outside the frame. I have not found many painting with shellac on them so this was a surprise to me.

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    I would have thought all that dingy grime was cigarette smoke! What a transformation. Wonder how many pieces of art art gotten rid of by family members not knowing how nice the picture could be with cleaning??
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    Man, that changed from a dark fall scene to a light springtime picture. Great work, Dave.
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    I've seen varnish used on paintings to help protect them, but never shellac, thats crazy!
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    Mike even Varnish darken with time and needs to be cleaned off, the norm theses days is to reapply an acrylic clear coat. But that is contrary to what I know finishing so I like to apply a none yellowing wax which can be removed easily and reapplied. Oil never really seems to dry, Paintings at the National Gallery in Washington that have been studied for paint thickness have shown that painting 2-3 hundred years old the under painting coats are still wet. So putting an acrylic over then seals up the ability for the painting to breath and thus causing cracks in the paint.

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