Parameters for Designing a Specific Gel Formulation

An important objective of the project is to provide conservators with some recommendations to help them prepare gel formulations that will be the most effective in the process of cleaning surfaces or removing unwanted layers (varnish, overpaints, grime, etc.) with minimum risk to the surfaces.

Work Completed

  • GCI project team member Dusan Stulik with Richard Wolbers developed an initial methodology—a logic tree and test kit of cleaning materials—to help conservators design gel formulations for specific cleaning problems. A revised text of the methodology will be included in the publication.
  • Chris Stavroudis, private paintings conservator and participant in the 1998 painting cleaning experiment, field tested the initial logic tree, and is developing a database software system to be provided to the field in the future.