How To Care For Encaustic Paintings

How To Care For Encaustic Art

Encaustic paintings are considered archival.  They are impervious to moisture, and with proper handling and care they will not deteriorate, yellow or darken.

  • Avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures which may cause the wax to soften or crack.  Do not to display encaustic art near radiant heating, wood stoves, fireplaces or in prolonged direct sunlight.

  • Do not frame an encaustic painting behind glass.  A floater frame is an acceptable option.

  • Encaustic paintings may developed a white haze, called a 'bloom', as the wax cures.  Using very light pressure, buff the surface with a clean, soft cloth to remove the bloom and restore the shine. Eventually the bloom will no longer occur, typically after 18 months, when the wax has completely cured.  Optical cloths used for glasses are ideal as are microfiber cloths.  Never use any cleaning agents or paper towels as they may scratch the surface.


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