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Windex for Removing Lint from a Oil Painting

My new favorite painting trick for removing lint in a Layered, Indirect painting is WINDEX! It lifts up lint between paint layers and prepares the new layer to accept the oil out “couch” without resist.

Here’s how:
I squirt a bit of windex onto a makeup sponge, then I wipe a thin layer on my dry layer of paint (2 days dry), and rub with my finger.

It easily removes the lint/dust sitting on the surface, and with a bit of rubbing also pulls up lint from previous layers. It works as well as wet-sanding but without taking up paint. I used to use 600-grit sandpaper and oil medium on every layer, now I rarely sand at all.

Windex is also great with the problem of “resist,” when the new layer of oil beads up on a dry surface. The ammonia “etches” the surface a bit, so I apply a swipe of windex, let that dry a few seconds, and then apply the couch (oil medium layer, applied with a new makeup sponge), and the couch grips nicely.

It’s changed my life already - I used it just the last couple weeks of my most recent painting, and it lifted out tons of lint and texture. After the new painting dries in a few months I plan to swipe on a layer of windex before varnishing, so the varnish sticks.

This tip is NOT in my instructional video, because I just learned it, but I’ll be including it in future video lessons.

Absolutely everything else I know about Indirect painting is in my Instructional Video

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Reader Comments (4)

Holy moly Sadie! You are awesome. This is such a great tip.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Ameral

Its a nice post!!

Oil painting increase the visual effects on your painting.

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt Encounter

Great tip and one that will serve mw well too. My studio is near the laundry and lint is always in the air.
I sometimes forget to wipe the lint before each session, I work a lot in thin layers, and it embeds into each layer.
I actually convinced myself that some future historian could actually confirm the date of my paintings by their 20th/21st century lint fibers embedded in them, so it was a good thing, oh well. ; )

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid J Teter

And I thought I came up with the Windex method. Good for you.

May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Merchant
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