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Jan 19

How to Restore Art Prints

Made of delicate paper, art prints can easily deteriorate with time. Fortunately, you can learn how to restore art prints and make your precious works of art look almost like new again.

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The things required for restoring your art prints are:

  • Blotting paper
  • Paper press
  • Paper
  • Sponge
  • Fine brush
  • Glue
  • Paper cutting knife
  • Razor blade
  • Soft eraser
  • Bread crumbs
  • Oxalic acid solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Disinfectant or Thymol
  • Benzene or alcohol
  • Examination

The first thing you should do is examine the art print. Identify tears, folds, greasy sports, mold, yellowing of paper, or damage caused by heat/humidity.

  • Fix Wrinkles

If there are wrinkles, wet the paper of the art print with a sponge in order to soften any creases or folds, then press it between two sheets of blotting paper. You can use either a paper press or two weighted boards.

  • Cover Tears or Rips

Using the paper cutting knife, cut a small piece of paper and glue it to the back of the art print so that you can repair tears or rips. Make sure the piece of thin paper is bigger than the hole. It is advisable to use vegetable glue such as wheat flour glue or rice starch glue.

  • Remove Ink Spots or Pencil Marks

In order to remove ink spots, mix water with either oxalic acid or citric acid, then dip a fine brush in this solution and fix the undesired mark. You can also use pure lime chlorate. The ink spot will become red, but it can be removed with water. For pencil marks, use a soft eraser or compressed bread crumbs.

  • Remove Oil or Greasy Spots

In this case, the solution is dipping the brush into either benzene or alcohol. To avoid spotting, it is recommended to put the art print between two sheets of blotting paper, as they will absorb the extra liquid.

  • Fix Yellowing

For beaching, make a solution with hydrogen peroxide and water (a ratio of 1 to 1), but add a few drops of ammonia in case it has yellowed. Make sure you first test an area of the print to see if it works fine with the print. Once tested, dip the print into solution for about an hour then rinse several times with cold water. If you want to bleach just a few marks, dab with a brush dipped in the solution. For drying, press the art print between two sheets of blotting paper.

  • Clean Smoke and Dust

To absorb dust for the art print, use a soft eraser, razor blade or compressed bread crumbs on both sides of the paper. You can also wash the paper with water and make it lighter with hydrogen peroxide or chlorine

  • Disinfect

It is important to prevent bacteria, mushrooms and molding. Place the print between two sheets of paper and apply fungicide. Another option is vaporizing disinfectant such as Thymol.


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