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Re: [BKARTS] what a devil to clean....



Many fine suggestions.  As usual, BOOK_ARTs,  come through.

Alan Shalette wrote:
> 
> Jet:
> 
> Something that has worked for me with PVAs is to soak brushes in isopropyl
> alcohol - a usual ingredient in the liquid PVA adhesives.
> 
> Isopropyl alcohol will act as a jellification agent, not a solvent.
> The alcohol causes the PVA to turn into a colorless jell that may be
> squeezed out &/or wiped out with a towel. Any remnants will revert to white
> crumbs upon contact with water. They may be pulled out with a wire bristle
> brush or other tools.
> 
> Isopropyl alcohol is easily found in drug stores and places like Wal-Mart,
> where it is shelved as a rubbing alcohol. Typical concentrations run from
> about 70% to 90%. I like the higher concentration. I just paid $2 for a
> quart of the 90% concentration at Wal-Mart.
> 
> Brushes with dried adhesives may soak in the alcohol for as long as is
> necessary. I use a screw-top, tall plastic jar. The alcohol should have no
> effect on the brushes themselves.
> 
> Alan Shalette
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jet
> Foncannon
> Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2007 12:19 PM
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: what a devil to clean....
> 
>     As a consequence of a suggestion of someone on this list, I have been
> using the polyvinyl acetate monomer adhesive Promacto A-1023 for certain
> jobs.  It has some excellent qualities: fast set and high tack, which
> make it very useful for stubborn leather turn-ins and stiff bookcloth.
>     But how to clean the brushes?  The cold water suggested on the label
> isn't working for me;  it looks like the brush has been dipped in
> rapidly and terminally solidifying cottage cheese.
>     Reminds me of the limerick beginning, "There was a young man from
> Racine" and ending "But O what a devil to clean."
> What's in between is not for polite ears.
> 
> --
> I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of them never
> happened.
> ---- Mark Twain
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