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Re: [BKARTS] acrylic wax / Bill Minter

An earlier question to the Subject: "Re: [BKARTS] Heavily applied leather treatment.
On Aug 22, 2006, at 9:58 AM, William Minter wrote:
............ If possible, I try to avoid using waxes and acrylics, especially on older, rarer books.

On Aug 22, 2006, at 10:20 AM, Stephanie Nowak wrote:
What is the reason for your concern about using acrylic wax?
Hopefully the following answers your question:
I feel that the application of waxes and new acrylics to the older and stable leathers of rare books could create a problem. While the new acrylic consolidants are needed for red-rot, I think that they should not be applied to all leather. Yes, we want to protect the leather, but do older/stable leathers need a coating, especially if that coating could interfere with future treatments.
In fact, I sometimes wonder if we should remove, if that is possible, older/earlier applications of whatever, i.e. oils, waxes, etc. before our treatment. In other words, if you were painting something, you might want to strip off the old paint to insure that you were getting the best end product. For example, you would not paint over flaking paint, nor paint a surface that has grease on it without some form of preparation. Yet, we are applying something to a leather binding that may have been treated with some other product. For years, we applied potassium lactate and leather dressing to bindings without removing earlier applications of dressing. And today, there are numerous proprietary concoctions that are available, all with their own unique properties that might not mix with something new.
Its a difficult question and seems to warrant further discussion and research.
Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
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Woodbury, PA  16695
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