Oil painting restoration and cleaning is a delicate process using linseed oil and turpentine. Clean and restore oil paintings with tips from a professional artist in this free video on painting.
In this segment I'll teach you how to clean oil paintings. You don't really want to do much with oil paintings. Let's suppose you've got this painting, and you've got it sitting in your house. Like everything else you've got to dust. You can start with a clean cloth and dust the very top of the painting, and as you can see there's a lot of dust. Then how would you clean a painting? I suggest you use a combination, as I told you before, of linseed oil and turpentine. And that combination can be five parts to one, five parts turpentine to one part linseed oil. Very softly with a soft cloth you put some of that stuff on, you damp it on, and what happens is when I go over it I then have a painting that becomes much brighter, and on top of that I've got a painting that you get rid of pretty much of everything that has accumulated the dirt and grime. Now I don't suggest too much turpentine, and I suggest that you do it very, very lightly, so that you don't every damage the painting. Softly and circular fashion all over the painting, creates the effect that you want. Because as you can see this area now looks not only clean but brighter in comparison with the area down here. Again let me get this going and as I finish you can just see.