As a painter I was recently given some old "canvas" to paint on by an avid sailor. Much to my chagrin it was not the "canvas" I was expecting, but a synthetic material. It could be a polyester. i do know the manufacturer, Melges of Zenda,Wisconson. I've gone to their website but do not know how to determine what the material actually is. It has an extremely tight weave and is difficult to stretch in the conventional manner,(obviously).
Can I use a conventional gesso ground to size this material? I usually underpaint in alkyd, then overpaint in oil. I am not certain if this material will simply slough off the paint, and/ or gesso. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.