Overpaint

“Overpaint” is a term we use to describe unoriginal paint. It is often associated with a previous restoration, where a correction was overdone. Usually, it is found grossly applied to cover only small areas of paint loss. Oil paint is often the medium used in cases of overpaint. Eventually, these areas in oil will darken and completely mismatch the original, resulting in a dis-homogenous interpretation of the original. Most overpaint can be safely removed, revealing the “truth” underneath. Missing areas of paint are then “inpainted” a process that compensates for lost paint in a very precise and controlled manner. Inpainting is limited only to those areas of actual paint loss, and is color matched exactly with reversible conservation colors.

  • Date February 20, 2018
  • Tags Painting