Oilette painting cleaning question

javaandjazzSeptember 17, 2011

Hello, We just bought an "oilette" painting of the ocean liner Aquitania. From what we were told it's not a real painting but some sort of print. There are fake brush strokes on the canvas to give it a somewhat real look. It's very dirty, we are thinking that there is a varnish over the "paint" or whatever they used. First how can we determine if it is paint and secondly how can we clean it? Thanks, Richie

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First of all dust it with a soft bristled brush. As I recall, oilette was a process often used on postcards....looked like canvas texture, the picture was a photographic repro and a texturing stuff like modgepodge was applied over the picture.
You at one time could buy a sort of a dough cleaner. Came in a can and you would knead it then press it onto the paper, knead it again and press again. But I can't remember the name of the stuff!...Was used to clean wall paper.
Another "grandmother's remedy" would be cheap doughy bread. remove the center of a slice, sort of wad it up and press onto the picture....remove, check the bread to see if it has removed any dirt.....and repeat.
Linda C

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 1:06PM
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Silly Putty! According to my mother, the putty stuff you're remembering was a wallpaper cleaner developed way back when fireplaces, kerosene lamps and candles sent lots of soot into the air. Once home HVAC systems improved, wallpaper stopped getting so grungy, and the company started looking for new ways to market their product.

Their solution? Repackage the stuff as a toy -- Silly Putty!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 1:49PM
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the wall paper cleaner and Silly Putty are not the same thing. Silly putty was invented during WW II as a synthetic rubber....that didn't make a good rubber substitute. Silly Putty only picks up certain types of inks....don't know if it would work on just plain "dirt"...but it would be cheap to try.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 2:22PM
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Forgot to mention the finish is crackled so do you still think the silly putty will work. Will it pull off that textured modgepodge?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 4:21PM
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don't know.....wadded up bread is safer.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 5:50PM
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A search just revealed it wasn't Silly Putty that was originally marketed as wallpaper cleaner but Play-doh.
But it's so highly colored now I would be afraid the color would stain.
Linda C

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 7:10PM
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A kneaded art eraser?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 10:03PM
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Yeah!...Forgot about them....good call.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 10:24PM
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