Oil canvas production
For an ‘oil canvas’, zinc white is used as the primer, bound with linseed oil. The paint is applied on to the glued linen by passing 2 ‘knives’ (1&2)
After that, we sand the canvas and apply a coating layer based on titanium white. Again passing the 2 ‘knives’ and this time also rolled (3) to achieve the typical Claessens oil-primed canvas.
Drying proces for oil-primed canvases
After the 1st primer, the canvas is placed in a drying room for three days where it air-dries naturally. Double-primed canvases undergo the same process once again.
When the final coating is applied, the canvas then has to go back into the drying room for a further ten days.
These pictures show how our oil canvases are hung up to dry.
Universal canvas production
Universal primed canvases are coated twice with an acrylic-based paint. This is done with only 1 ‘knife’ and not rolled at the last stage.
Because this primer and coating are water-based, these canvases can be dried in the dry-air oven, where the water can evaporate more quickly.
Production of wide canvases
We are also able to produce 100% linen canvases up to 4.20 m wide and 40 m long. These are still hand-primed and made to order.