REPAIRING A PAINTING THAT HAS GONE "WHITE"
When I was unloading art for the Art Show, one of my pieces had a spot of "white" on it. I assumed that somehow moisture had gotten under the varnish, turning it white. How does one repair that kind of damage?
This particular painting has a heavy coat of varnish on it which could actually be the reason for the problem. You see when I originally coated it, I noticed that the varnish was uneven. Heavier in the corners than in the middle. So I tried to go over it with another coat heavier in the middle to even it out. It looked ok at first, but when I took it out of the packing material one corner was white as though something had spilled on it. Needless to say, I couldn't hang it at the show. Now what?
I will sand it down lightly with a very fine grit sandpaper 220 or higher. Then I will recoat the varnish LIGHTLY! A lesson to be learned here is DO NOT use too much varnish on your paintings!
You can ruin a really good painting really fast! Note, I used spray varnish, so it took a lot to get such a heavy coat on this painting. l had sanded it lightly where the varnish was so thick before I sprayed more in the middle, but apparently not enough, as that is the area where it turned white.
I have before and after photos below for you to see. Varnish is not meant to be applied so heavily, so don't make the same mistake that I did and cause yourself a lot of frustration, and extra work, ok?
Oh, and I have photos of my latest sales. Thank you for looking!
|I saw the white spots and scratched them with my fingernail, which only made them worse of course!