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Rabbit Skin Glue – Pros & Cons

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  1. I try to work as archival as possible thats why when prepping oil on linen paintings its Gamblin PVA size with two coats of a oil ground on top. RSG is great but for the long haul i see to many problems in controlling the environment they are in

  2. It’s weird that PVA gets recommended over and over again as a good substitute. In my experience it also reactivates badly. A buyer once called me complaining that a painting he bought glued itself to his wall and after my tests I find out that PVA reactivates and becomes gummy and sticky when it is hot and humid. I ended up going back to using RSG. I also could never get the canvas tight enough when using PVA and have to re-stretch pretty much all my paintings. There was also a much greater possibility of strike through when using portrait grade linen..

    • Hi DS,
      Tanks for your comment! That is interesting observation. We have not found the more popular PVA Size for oil painting to reactivate in that way, but will have to look into it. There are varieties of PVA that are made to reactivate and we have seen acrylic products applied over these resoluble varieties crack upon drying.
      No products can beat RSG for its tightening and oil blocking. One of a kind!
      Take care,


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