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    Default Any know a good way to clean a velvet painting?

    Hey I am reframing a velvet painting of John Wayne today and it is pretty dirty anyone done one these before and had to clean it. Its really dust and grimey as no glass on the peice. any info would be great thanks all.
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    Vacuum with brush attachment or gentle brush-down with old soft toothbrush - to take care of the dust - not much you can do to remove grime (if it is the greasy, smokey kitchen cigarette variety) without calling in a conservator.

    Good luck!

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    I've had pretty good luck with a soft bristled paint brush. No luck with grease or smoke.
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    Can of gas and a couple of matches would work nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by framah View Post
    Can of gas and a couple of matches would work nicely.
    You beat me to it !!
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    I couldn't desecrate a painting of "The Duke" like that how dare you.
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    It ain't the "Duke" part - it's the "velvet painting" part!

    (Nobody ever thinks how to keep those things clean when they decide to paint on black velvet!)

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    Its for a buddy of mine he stole it from a hotel about 20 years ago. Its kinda cool but dirty.
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    What about using one of these rolling lint brushes to remove any loose particles of dust.

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    OH!!! He stole it!! That's different! There's history with this painting.

    How about that dry wash stuff. I seem to remember something that you sprinkle onto the fabric and it is supposed to pick up the grease and then you brush or vacuum it off.
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