You may have just purchased your first oil painting, to add that touch of style to your study, living room, or bedroom. Oil paintings are beautiful additions to the house, and are great conversation pieces as well. They can also be a good investment, but for any of these draws of the oil painting to remain true they must be taken care of in a proper manner. Here are some simple steps in the preservation of the value and appearance of your new oil painting.
Always check the location where you intend to place your piece. Always avoid any area that is prone to extreme heat or cold, or humidity. This includes places like over the fireplace and in a front room that is not normally heated. Also keep in mind that prolonged sunlight will cause the paint to fade, and choose the location accordingly.
A layer of dust will also spoil the painting, as it will tend to dry the oil colors out and therefore fade the piece. Dust your painting regularly, but remember not to use surface cleaners. A dry and soft cloth will suffice.
When moving the piece from location to location, whether to a different room or a different building, make sure lay a flat piece of cardboard, a mat, or other firm material on both the front and the back of the picture, and then wrap it in Styrofoam or bubble wrap. Remember that moisture build up will damage the piece, so if it must be left wrapped up for a long period of time store it in a dry place.
If your painting is damage despite your best efforts, do not try to retouch or repair it yourself. Instead, bring it to a professional conservator who can do the job properly.
Following these instructions will aid you in keeping your oil painting in top condition, and making sure it will continue to give you enjoyment for years.