Can I safely remove painted, dried acrylic paintings from their stretchers for e

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  1. Laura Schneider profile image91
    Laura Schneiderposted 5 years ago

    Can I safely remove painted, dried acrylic paintings from their stretchers for efficient storage?

    Can I safely remove painted, dried acrylic paintings from their stretchers and roll them up for efficient storage? If so, is there anything in particular I need to know to keep the paintings safe? I inherited MANY from my dad that I can't part with but don't have room to store, either.

  2. sparkleyfinger profile image90
    sparkleyfingerposted 5 years ago

    In theory, yes. Acrylic paint has the ability to stretch unlike other paints that loose their elasticity over time. I would recommend doing a trial run though, just to be sure... Get a cheap canvas and cover with acrylic, then dismantle and roll up for a month or so? See how it looks? Let us know how you get on... Oh, and perhaps speak to an art restoration place? They should have came across this before.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image91
      Laura Schneiderposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, sparkleyufinger! I asked at an art supply shop and they said the same thing you did: a test run and an art restoration place. I'll look into this and report back. Thanks again!

      Anyone else have more/different information?

  3. whonunuwho profile image79
    whonunuwhoposted 5 years ago

    Yes, the paintings are virtually like plastic sheets with the acrylic that has become preserved in a solid state. You should be able to store them in cool dry area, and not exposed to a lot of higher temps and sunlight.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image91
      Laura Schneiderposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, whonunuwho! I was hoping that was the case, so thanks for confirming this. Cheers!

      --Laura

 
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