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rickwtexas 10-27-2019 07:35 AM

Need some help from you pros...
I just purchased 16 large canvases (36x36 and larger) from a retiring photographer.. each with a very high end photo firmly glued to the canvas. These were done by a company out of Kentucky (I think) and are professionally done - photo is printed on a thick multi-layer paper then glued and pressed rolled onto a canvas. I need to remove the photo so i can paint on the canvas.

Let me be super clear - this is not a question about removing the glue. Thats easy. I'm hoping somewhere here can give me tip on peeling the photo away in one piece (or at least less than a hundred). I tried a heat gun (too slow and the paper underneath likes to ignite), wallpaper remover (very little help), super hot water (not use). Must be a steam or dry ice method. I tried googling this and contacting a company that mounts photo, no luck.

Thanks in advance.

Irishwhistler 10-28-2019 06:31 PM

I wonder if a power washer might work?


rickwtexas 10-29-2019 06:03 AM

not a bad idea. I spent 30 minutes last night peeling one 36x40, what a mess. thanks

Irishwhistler 10-29-2019 06:08 AM

You could likely rent one if you don't already own one. They are high pressure and are effective in stripping paint and the like. It seems it might work for your intended application depending on how tenaciously the photo is bonded to the canvas.

Mike ☘️🇮🇪🇺🇸

rickwtexas 10-29-2019 06:21 AM

I own a 2700 psi one (I used to restore old cars) so I'll try that today. The prints are heavily glued and hot pressed down on the canvas. Last night I gave up and ended up painting over partially peeled portions... can barely tell, but would still prefer to start on fresh canvas. Thanks

Irishwhistler 10-29-2019 06:40 AM

ROGER THAT 👍. Let me know how it works out. Good luck.

Mike ☘️🇮🇪🇺🇸

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