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Re: [BKARTS] Cleaning Vellum

On May 18, 2006, at 9:47 AM, Don & Sue Gallagher wrote:

Recently acquired a 40 vol set of half vellum books and would like some
guidance on cleaning the spines - not horrible, just dingy and need some
.... hearing about using milk,
.... the pink eraser in.....


I would say you are wise to avoid using milk because wet cleaning could cause more trouble. As for dry cleaning, the pink eraser could leave a pink residue, so a better easer would be a white vinyl eraser such as the Staedtler Mars Plastic or the Eberhard Faber 1954 Magic Rub, both available in most art supply stores. These erasers should be OK around the gold, if used carefully.

Good Luck,
Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA  16695
Fax:   814-793-4045
Email:    wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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