Fix a dent in my new painting
May 23, 2006 9:50 AM   Subscribe

How can I fix a dent in my new painting (oil on canvas)?

My wife and I just bought a new painting (approximately 30" x 40"). I set it on a table leaning against a wall. Our three-year-old daughter knocked it over onto a bottle, putting a dent right in the middle of the painting.

Is there a way to fix the dent so it's not so noticeable?
posted by strangeleftydoublethink to Media & Arts (3 answers total)
Howabout some tape across the dent on the back to straighten it out. I would say use duct tape, because its stiff and it'll stick for a while, but that might be too tacky (ha!).
posted by Mach5 at 9:53 AM on May 23, 2006

Best answer: Use hot water and a sponge on the back of the painting, around the area where it's dented. It'll tighten back up.
posted by interrobang at 9:54 AM on May 23, 2006 [1 favorite]

Yep, the hot water trick works. But if you really love the painting and/or it cost a lot, a professional restorer would probably be a safer bet.
posted by jack_mo at 11:04 AM on May 23, 2006

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