I have recently been given several old oil paintings that were completed probably 30-40 years ago. I would like to recycle the canvases with gesso and a texturing compound so I can paint on them with acrylics. Any advice?Gerald has responded saying he'd "sand and wipe it clean from all dust" and that, being oil paintings, "after 40 years they should be fully cured and will not crack more." He'd "apply a good quality 'retouch varnish' all over the surface" and let this dry overnight. He'd then gesso as usual, leave to dry full, and the canvas could be used as usual. "Your painting will react as if you did it on a new canvas." Add your thoughts to the discussion...
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