Care of Acrylic Paintings
Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Acrylic paintings now make up a significant part of the permanent collections of museums and art galleries. Artists’ acrylic paint was introduced in the 1950s and since then has dominated the arts and crafts market. In addition, it has been accepted by artists as a viable alternative to oil paint. The behavior of acrylics as a painting medium and their physical and chemical properties are different from oil paint which warrants distinct guidelines for acrylic paintings’ care. Some traditional conservation methods can be harmful to the acrylic paintings.