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Posted - Feb 26 2019 :  07:24:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello, I am looking for brands and suppliers available in the UK. There is Gainsborough's brand, but there is only one stockist/location in the UK and prices are 3 times the price they are in the US. Windsor & Newton do a cleaner, but so far has not been up to the job.

I have searched and searched but not found any other brands or suppliers. I really do not believe Gainsborough has the monotony on all the art restoration supplies. They have only been in operation since 1974. So what are people using?

Thank you - Brooks.

Edited by - Brooks on Feb 26 2019 07:35:47

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Posted - Feb 26 2019 :  15:09:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately Job doesn't seem to visit the forum anymore. She would be the one to answer your question.

I don't work much with paintings anymore, but I have used household items, such as lemon juice, white soap flakes stirred up in hot water and even a splash of household ammonia in a bowl of water (good for removing nicotine fast).

Gentle application, not soaking. A soft brush, cotton swaps, cloths etc. for application depending on the texture. Then always water to remove any residues from the materials.
AND BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS WITH BLUE COLOURS! - They tend to be less strong.

It has worked for me. And then I have used the Windsor & Newton or similar varnishes.
I don't think professional restorers would use one particular cleaner either, and they are way overpriced and maybe doesn't do the job, as you have found out.


I recommend the Art forum at BidtoArt.com

I am webmaster on this - it is NOT my site: Art Talk - American Art in 200 years

Edited by - Vietato on Feb 26 2019 15:15:54
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Posted - Feb 28 2019 :  00:12:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Vietato, thank you for the suggestions.

I have been trying to avoid water, I have used soapy water in the past and suffered lifting of paint from the surface. But will be trying your suggestion for nicotine.

From the videos I have seen, what ever substances the professional restorer is using, it always seems to dissolve the dirt on the paint pretty quickly, working as soon as the swab touches the canvas. They never say what they have used. Definitely not the experience I had with Windsor & Newton picture cleaner. I guess their formula may intentionally err on the safe side.

Thank you - Brooks.

Edited by - Brooks on Feb 28 2019 00:14:46
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