View Full Version : Commercially Primed vs Homemade Canvas

07-28-2007, 04:02 PM
I couldn't really think of a simple way to title this thread.

Just wondering your opinions of commercially primed canvas (as in rolls). I've always gessoed my raw canvas AFTER stretching.

Do the rolls of canvas you can buy already primed hold up well to the stretching process? I'm thinking about buying a roll of the factory-gessoed stuff...

...but it seems like stretching it would crack the acrylic primer (I always hand-stretch mine as tight as possible..."drum-tight").

I called the store, and was told that "...As long as you don't overstretch, it should be fine."

Well, how do you know if you're "overstretching" or not? Until you start seeing some cracks? I'm having second thoughts about buying it pre-coated now. :confused:

(Then again, you wouldn't think they'd sell it if it cracks when stretched...)

07-30-2007, 11:21 AM
Years back I bought some top of the line type of pre primed canvas.

I couldn't stretch it tight onto the stretcher bars.

How can you stretch cloth that won't stretch since it's already primed.

Still got the stuff in the house.

07-30-2007, 11:55 PM
That's kinda what I was guessing. Just wanted to double check. Seems like it would be hard to stretch tightly, as well as likely to crack.

07-31-2007, 08:47 AM
I have used preprimed canvas and stretched it with good results. Tight and no cracking at all. This was acrylic primed. I have some oil primed canvas and it is much harder to stretch.