After stabilising all the fragile lifting areas of paint and flattening the creases in the canvas, the painting needed solid support, a process known as marouflage.
Marouflage is a major intervention essential for this painting. The extreme thickness of the paint, and the length of time it had spent creased, meant that the creases and raised cracks would soon return. Adhering it to a solid support permanently stabilises it. Marouflage is a complex process, being a modern painting, the paint is heat sensitive and very strongly textured. Only low pressure and temperatures are safe for the painting. An aluminium honeycomb panel with a double alumimium skin supplies the solid support with a marouflage adhesive that activates at low temperatures and moderate pressure. The process was carried out on a lining table. This table, specially designed for conservation work, supplies even heating over the whole surface combined with an even allover pressure. Both temperature and pressure must be carefully controlled.