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Re: Re Scotch Tape on books



General Naphta works just excellent, the common name for it is Lighterfluid.
General Precausions with flamable liquids have to be used.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jacqueline Peeler <jpeeler@MBAY.NET>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2000 11:10 AM
Subject: Re Scotch Tape on books


>I read with interest the eucalyptus (or orange) oil suggestion for the
>removal of tape from books. I have a bible from about 1860 and the cover
>only has wide scotch tape on it. Though it seems structurally sound just
>from handling it, the tape is at the top across the front, spine, and back,
>as if someone were afraid it would come apart otherwise. The leather is
>cracked and peeling back in places, with some of it missing.
>
>Anyway, what I'm wondering about is using Bestine (rubber cement thinner)
>to get the tape off. It's the best all around sticky-stuff remover I ever
>found, but maybe there is something bad about it's action on old leather
>that I don't know about. It evaporates instantly, and I'm even thinking it
>could work on inside pages without the stain problem Adrienne mentioned,
>though I personally don't have need of using it on the inside.
>
>Anyone know? Also wonder if I could have the name of a good restorer in the
>Monterey Bay, California, and environs area. We'd like to get it as good as
>it can, rather than tackle a home job, as we are novices at this.
>
>Thanks in advance for any help.
>
>Jackie Peeler
>
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