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What's the best way to store oil paintings?

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I have a lot of oil paintings that I don't have space to hang, some on special papers, some on board, some on canvas. What is the best way to store them for safe-keeping?
asked Oct 6, 2013 in Oil Painting by questions (730 points)
edited Oct 6, 2013 by questions

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Always store in a dark dry & clean place.
answered Oct 6, 2013 by apprentice (780 points)
It's best to also make sure the painting surface and material that's been painted on (such as canvas) is protected from touching anything acidic.  The safest is to stand the paintings up, for example on drying racks, and cover loosely with acid-free sheet of paper between pieces. Do not stack paintings on top of each other or underneath heavy items as their surface may bind or create pockets of moisture which might introduce organic growths (i.e. damaging fungus or mold).