How to Restore Canvas That’s Been Damaged

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How to Restore a Canvas Painting

Discovering your canvas painting has suffered damage or deterioration can be discouraging. It may be a result of a disaster on your property, vandalism, improper storage, or an accident. Whatever the cause and however valuable the piece, you may be worried the canvas is ruined.

Before you count it as a complete loss, keep in mind that some of the world’s most renowned paintings have sustained severe damage over the years, but have been restored to mint condition. You can achieve the same results for your canvas.

Whether your canvas painting has a tear, paint that is faded or unstable, or surface dirt or debris, it’s possible to get your canvas repaired to make it look like new. Keep reading to learn how to restore a canvas with helpful tips from the experts at Art Recovery Technologies (ART).

How to Restore a Torn Canvas

A canvas tear may be small and clean, or large and jagged. Some tears go horizontally and vertically, requiring professional restoration. For any tear, it’s important to follow restoration methods that are as noninvasive as possible, so the piece of work retains its integrity and original beauty.

Because canvas is made of individual fibers, a tear often pulls them apart and leaves a rough edge of fibers behind. For a DIY approach, you can patch the canvas on the backside of the painting using another piece of canvas slightly larger than the tear itself and secure with acid-free glue. The most challenging aspect of this approach is getting the fibers to lie flat.

An experienced restoration professional will be able to line up the fibers and edges to create a seamless look. The experts at ART have repaired countless canvas tears, fire or water damage, and other types of accidents or wear, returning them to their pre-damage condition.

How to Restore a Faded Canvas

Because faded paint on a canvas is permanent, it can be difficult to restore the painting to an original-looking condition. With time, both sun exposure and fluorescent indoor lighting can lead to fading, which can leave art owners wishing they could bring the worn painting back to life.

A protective coating on most canvas prints makes it challenging to cover with a new paint job. So what can you do to restore a faded canvas and hang it proudly on your wall once again?

For best results, choose a professional service like ART to make your canvas look like new. Letting the experts handle the task will ensure you don’t make matters worse and allows you to reclaim the painting’s original beauty. ART brings 25 years of experience to faded canvas restoration. Our white-glove treatment means you can expect that your canvas will once again be as beautiful as before.

Trust ART to Restore Paintings on Canvas

From mold removal and soot removal to canvas repair and framing, the experts at ART can help you to clean and restore your painted canvas. While DIY strategies may sometimes work, if you are concerned about damaging your canvas during the process, the safest option is to turn to the trusted pros for comprehensive art restoration services.

The master restorers at ART have extensive training and use proprietary products to clean and repair your canvas, or your entire art collection. Call our home office at 800-227-0796 or schedule service online to get started today.