• Because of a number of reasons such as improper storage, moving from one place to another, an accident, or just plain neglect or abuse, an old painting may sustain damage to its painted surface. There may be holes in the canvas, or the original paint may have been chipped away or severely scratched.

• In most cases, holes, rips, cracks and tears in a painting can be repaired by delicately applying new canvas to the back of the original then re-painting (called inpainting) the damaged portion of the front to restore the artwork to like-new condition. The damaged portion of the painting then needs to be reconditioned and prepared for the application of fresh paint.