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Re: Paste as leather consolidant?

Don't remember seeing that posted, but don't ever do that. The deteriorated leather will turn black and crispy/brittle when the moisture from the paste hits it causing irreversible damage.

If you need to consolidate, the best commonly available tool is Klucel G that is a form of methylcellulose disolved in alcohol. It is available premixed under the Cellugel name.


Ok, so this is probably crazy, but: I heard someone mention applying
paste all over a deteriorating leather cover, as a form of
consolidant.  Has anyone else heard of doing this?  Would it work?

just curious -- thanks,

--Marguerite Radhakrishnan


Peter D. Verheyen
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