Here's an interesting one... I recently removed the molding from the
last wall in my living room (with the plan of putting a thin layer of
sheetrock over all the walls because the walls as they exist now are
in bad shape, but I digress)... Once I removed this molding, I
realized that there is a painting underneath! Looks like it's a nice
nature scene. However, the previous owner must have decided they
didn't like it and painted over it (but they didn't paint over the
part where the molding was, hence I can see part of it). Here's my
question... can anyone think of a way to remove the layer of paint
over it without damaging the mural underneath? I'm guessing it was
done with oil-based paints, and the layer over it seems to be regular
paint like you'd use on any walls. Any thoughts? I'd really like to
see the entire thing before I sheetrock over it because I just may
decide to leave it if it looked as nice as I think it may, based on
the little bit I can see (assuming it didn't get destroyed getting to
it of course). Thanks all!
Hmmmmmmm, that is a weird one.....
It seems to me there is some sort of latex paint remover, and it's
only for latex. If the painting under it is oil paint, it might work.
Call a paint store and ask. I mean a REAL paint store, not the corner
hardware store or paint dept. at Walmart
Interesting... I'm going out later, and my travels will take me right
past a real paint store as I recall, so I'll stop in and see. Thanks
for the suggestion!
On Sat, 29 May 2004 01:34:17 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
Contact a local university or museum, and ask for a referral to an "art
This isn't something you can do yourself. If you think it's worth it,
you may need to have the wall scanned (in infrared, I think) to see what
the overall work looks like.
Getting the paint off will probably require the conservator knowing both
what paint was used over, and what paint was used beneath.
That's a good thought. If I had any hint at all that it was a
painting of any value I'd certainly do as you suggest, but I'm
relatively sure it was just something the previous owner did, and even
though it may be a good piece of painting, I doubt it's worth that
kind of effort. Thanks for the info though, can't say I would have
thought of that on my own!
On Sat, 29 May 2004 01:46:07 -0500, Dan Hartung
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