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Don't know if you can help us no experts are in art painting. We received three old larger plaster(?# religious statues from a being remolded chapel. They are lightly peeling.  Would you have any idea as to how to retouch them  light sanding of the areas?paint type #oil seems too heavy) and a finish spray afterward? They will stay with family so not concerned if this limits their value or not. Thank you so much

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Hi Jane
Nice to hear from you.
This is totally out of my area but I can certainly give you my thoughts.
And they are much like yours.
Lightly sand the peeling areas to smooth them.
Then I would use acrylic paint.
Those small bottles of craft paint are fine. This will likely involve some color mixing and matching but it can be done if you have a good eye for color.
When you get your paint, they can also supply you with a spray matte or satin sealer.
I could advise on colors needed if I had a good picture of the damaged areas .
Happy New Year
Eileen
PS..Try to contact the art expert also.  

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Eileen Cronk

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I can answer most questions about the repairing and refinishing of all your old furniture items (the things we call antiques). I can also give you advice on what wood items to choose and what wood items to avoid at auctions, flea markets etc. I DO NOT give appraisals on antiques as this is not my field of expertise.

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I have been repairing, refinishing and of course buying old furniture for the past 30 years. On any given weekend I can be found at auction sales or flea markets searching out a good buy. I have taken several courses in this area over the years, but I find "Hands On" learning to be the best teacher. I can help you avoid the pitfalls and problems of this wonderful rewarding craft.

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