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How does one remove/wipe off dust on an old 1940's painting? Any ideas or nuggets of wisdom to pass on?
I'm going to presume that its an oil painting.
first take it out of the frame.
second, using ear swabs to clean the surface, using warm water with ivory dish detergent (aprox 1 tbsp ivory to one cup water). wet one end, lightly make little circles. then use the other end to dry it. It's a rule of thumb that you only do as large an area as you can dry. discard that one repeat with a new one until all edges of the canvas have been washed.
third, turn it over and gently use a dry ear swab and lightly go inder the stretcher bar and "dust" as far "in" as you feel comfortable.
use the rest of the detergent to wash the frame.
If the painting was owned by a smoker, add a few drops of vinegar to the liquid before cleaning the frame.