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Atomic Oxygen Treatment and Its Effect on a Variety of Artist's Media

  • Sharon K.R. Miller (a1), Bruce A. Banks (a1) and Deborah L. Waters (a2)

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Atomic oxygen treatment has been investigated as an unconventional option for art restoration where conventional methods have not been effective. Exposure of surfaces to atomic oxygen was first performed to investigate the durability of materials in the low Earth orbit environment of space. The use of the ground based environmental simulation chambers, developed for atomic oxygen exposure testing, has been investigated in collaboration with conservators at a variety of institutions, as a method to clean the surfaces of works of art. The atomic oxygen treatment technique has been evaluated as a method to remove soot and char from the surface of oil paint (both varnished and unvarnished), watercolors, acrylic paint, and fabric as well as the removal of graffiti and other marks from surfaces which are too porous to lend themselves to conventional solvent removal techniques. This paper will discuss the treatment of these surfaces giving an example of each and a discussion of the treatment results.

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1. Banks, B., deGroh, K.K and Miller, S.K., “Low Earth Orbital Atomic Oxygen Interactions with Spacecraft Materials”, Proceedings of the Fall MRS Conference, (Boston, MA, 2004), NASA TM-2004–213400.
2. Banks, B.A., Rutledge, S.K., “Low Earth Orbital Atomic Oxygen Simulation for Materials Durability Evaluation”, Proceedings of the Fourth European Symposium on Spacecraft Materials in the Space Environment, (CERT, Toulouse, France, 1988), pp 371–92.
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9. Rutledge, S.K., Banks, B.A., Chichernea, V.A., “Recovery of a Charred Painting Using Atomic Oxygen Treatment”, Proceedings of the 12th Triennial Meeting of the International Committee for Conservation, ICOM, (Lyon, France, 1999), pp 330335.
10. Rutledge, S.K., Banks, B.A., Cales, M., “Atomic Oxygen Treatment for Non-Contact Removal of Organic Protective Coatings from Painting Surfaces”, MRS Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology IV, (Cancun, Mexico, 1994), NASA TM-106650.
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Atomic Oxygen Treatment and Its Effect on a Variety of Artist's Media

  • Sharon K.R. Miller (a1), Bruce A. Banks (a1) and Deborah L. Waters (a2)

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