What are your canvases made of?
At Fine Art Backdrops, we use premium, heavy weight cotton canvas and highly pigmented, professional and durable acrylic paints.
How do I care for my canvas?
Our canvases are stored and ship rolled on 2” PVC pipe. When not in use, it is highly recommended to keep your canvas rolled or hanging. Hard creases can be difficult to get out of the canvas,
however, if you find that you have a few, you can remove them with one of two methods: a hand held steamer on the non painted side while it’s hanging, or by using a clothes iron.
To use the clothes iron method, lay your canvas on the floor, paint side down (anything with lines
such as tile or laminate WILL LEAVE MARKS if you iron your canvas while it lays on that type of surface) and start on a low heat setting.
In my personal experience, I prefer an iron. I use the “cotton” setting on my iron, but do not leave it sit on any one area on the canvas too long. Your clothes iron provides a dry heat, of sorts. Which is preferable to steam.
Always keep the iron moving, slowly, over the wrinkle or crease. Make sure you do not over steam or expose it to too much moisture. That can cause shrinking in that specific spot, which can make your backdrop permanently “wonky”.
If caring for a canvas backdrop sounds like a lot of work, it really isn’t. Just remember to store it rolled, away from excessive heat and humidity, and if you need to remove wrinkles, use an iron or a hand held steamer.
Do not allow clients, models, or assistants to drag things across your canvas. While the paint is water resistant, it’s not indestructible. If you have a dark colored canvas, these are especially prone to visible marks and scratches.
If you see a scratch, try dabbing it with a clean, damp washcloth and see if that
helps reduce the appearance of the scratch.
It’s also a good idea to keep a lint roller on hand. Especially for the darker colored canvases.
Why do you trim the 8ft wide canvases?
This is a question I am asked quite often. Unfortunately, UPS and FEDEX have policies regarding parcels that are over 96 inches. If it’s even a 1/4 of an inch over the 96in mark, they charge
an additional $150-$225 in fees. From experience, in order to make sure that I am not hit with extra fees, I trim an inch off each long side so that it is 94 inches wide instead of 96. This leaves room
for properly packaging the canvas so that the ends are protected. Shipping companies are particularly hard on parcels, so it’s very important to have that extra padding on each end.
These are just the most common questions I receive via e-mail or direct message on social media. If you have any other questions, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.