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Old 01-07-2011, 06:16 PM
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Is There A Way To Paint Over An Old Oil Painting?

I would like to paint over an old oil painting. Someone told me to Gesso and then paint over it, but others have told me that Gesso is an acrylic and as such, will not have longevity since oil can go over acrylic but acrylic can not go over oil. There must however, be some way to accomplish this. Maybe another step like sanding or some other technique,

I also have another painting that I had finished with a Damar Varnish but would like to go back in to make changes. I varnished about five years ago.

Does anyone have techniques for handling either of these situations? Thankyou.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:47 PM
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Re: Is There A Way To Paint Over An Old Oil Painting?

Do you want to paint over the old painting to save money on buying a new canvas, or because of some artistic vision that can only be realized by painting over an old painting?

If it's a money issue, then I highly recommend that you look into less expensive painting surfaces, such as oil painting paper which they sell at art supply stores.
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:14 PM
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Re: Is There A Way To Paint Over An Old Oil Painting?

Picasso did it--so there must be a way!
There is always the option of unstapling the canvas and turning it around, restretching with the unpainted side out, gessoing, and going at it again.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:37 PM
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Re: Is There A Way To Paint Over An Old Oil Painting?

You could sand the h@(( out of it and use white alkyd oil paint as a ground. It will be dry overnight and ready to go in two or three. As for reworking the varnished painting, your best bet is to try and remove the varnish. damar should be at least partially soluable in turpentine (outdoor project!), but, I think the older the varnish the harder it can be to remove.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:52 PM
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Re: Is There A Way To Paint Over An Old Oil Painting?

If you sand down your oil painting, be sure to use a mask as the dust will be very unhealthy to breath. Happy Painting!
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Re: Is There A Way To Paint Over An Old Oil Painting?

Michelle, this question is asked and answered several times on WetCanvas; here is a thread that deals very nicely with the problem.

Please don't exhume it for this page, anyone! Just consult it and save it to your favorites if and when you need it. That way more recent threads will not get knocked off the front page because of old threads getting revived.
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:36 AM
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Re: Is There A Way To Paint Over An Old Oil Painting?

Thank you everyone for the input. The link should be helpful Nancy.
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