Flaking Paint

Flaking paint developes from cracks in the paint layer.  Cracks develop from movement in the physical and molecular components in and around the paint layer.  Many factors cause this movement:  temperature, light, humidity and age, to say nothing about dents, tears and abrasions.

Flaking on a painting is a precarious condition that should be addressed by a conservator quickly.  Rather than scraping the flakes off the surface, a professional conservator can adhere and gently lower the flakes back in place, thereby saving the original paint.

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