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Subject: question about scotch tape
Date Posted: 7/17/2014 8:15 PM ET
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The cover of a wl paperback I received is peeling. The front cover has a vinyl feeling cover and the vinyl is peeling from its . cardboard backing.  It is rolling up from the bottom.  It is not torn.  I would like to flatten it and put some tape over it to prevent it from peeling higher.  Is this allowed?

Date Posted: 7/17/2014 8:19 PM ET
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Yes -- please see this thread for comments on what kind of tape works best.

Date Posted: 7/17/2014 8:30 PM ET
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Well I'm not going to buy archival tape for a 2 inch area, but I would like to prevent it from happening.   Maybe I'll try a little glue.

Date Posted: 7/17/2014 9:33 PM ET
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Many scrapbook tapes and glues are better for mending than scotch tape.  

Date Posted: 7/18/2014 2:07 AM ET
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It's hard to say what would work best without seeing the book. From the description of the problem -- i.e., the cover is peeling and rolling up from the cardboard backing -- it sounds like gluing would probably work better than tape. The choice of glue depends on what you think would work well with the vinyl feeling cover on your book. A common water-soluble white glue such as Elmer's may work okay, but it's hard to say without more information. For book repair, stay away from any type of resin-based glue, epoxy, plastic model kit glue, or super glue. The best glues for book repair should be flexible and clear or nearly clear when dry, and not brittle.

Also, after applying glue it is best either to clamp the book or to put some weight on top of it for at least an hour or so while the glue is drying, and letting it set overnight doesn't hurt.I sometimes use clamps like this for book repair. If using clamps, be sure to insert strips of paperboard or other suitable material on both sides of the cover to prevent indentations that could result from the jaws of the clamp. For weights on top of the book while the glue is drying, you can simply use a stack of heavy books or whatever else is handy.

(Edited to fix the link to show clamp pictures.)



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Date Posted: 7/19/2014 1:08 AM ET
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I was going to try white glue with heavy books on top to weigh it down.

Date Posted: 7/19/2014 9:31 PM ET
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Yes, I've also had a couple books with covers trying to delaminate.

I might try some of the flexible craft glue, but do let us know what you use and how it works.

Date Posted: 7/20/2014 9:42 PM ET
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I just use my Elmer's blue gel glue to glue up corners that're separating.  Works well and dries clear.

Date Posted: 7/21/2014 3:35 PM ET
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Where can I buy archival tape? Both Michael's and Hobby Lobby told me they never heard of it and recommended double sided tape. Is there an online store someone could recommend?

Date Posted: 7/21/2014 3:48 PM ET
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Is acid-free the same as archival?  There are several brands advertising archival available on Amazon (Demco & Brodart) in addition to several brands of acid-free (Scotch & Duck) that say they are "... acid free for archival applications and is CKOK approved for photo and scrapbooking projects" for about a third of the cost.

Date Posted: 7/21/2014 3:54 PM ET
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Amazon or any art store.

Scotch also has book tape. It's not archival quality, but for most ordinary book repairs it's not really necessary (like, the average paperback). And it's a lot cheaper.

Date Posted: 7/21/2014 11:20 PM ET
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Acid free is a less expensive option.  Scrapbook tape would be acid free.  Archival tape is made for use on prints and valuable books.  It is made for long term use.  It is also acid free, but slightly higher quality.   It would be used in framing valuable prints as well as book repair.  I think it is also formatted that it can be removed without damage?

Acid is what discolors paper over time. 

Date Posted: 7/22/2014 3:59 AM ET
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For glue I am currently using Lineco brand Neutral pH Adhesive, and for tape I am using Lineco brand Transparent Mending Tissue. The labels on both of these explicitly state that they are archival quality. Both products were purchased in an art supply store, specializing in fine art supplies rather than craft supplies.

Lineco makes a variety of other related products so there are several to choose from. My specific glue is Item 901-1007, and my specific mending tape is Item L533-0017, 1/2". But again, they offer other products as well. The glue is white and looks a lot like Elmer's white glue, and dries nearly clear. The tape is thin and comes in a roll with a peel-off backing. It looks frosty when the backing is peeled off, but becomes nearly invisible when burnished onto the surface being repaired. It is a little tricky to work with and requires a bit of practice but does a good job.

Archival quality products are pH neutral, meaning that they are neither acidic nor alkaline. It is the acid in paper and tapes that discolors and turns brown. Better-quality books are often stated on the copyright page that they are made with alkaline paper. These are not heavily alkaline (or basic), but have a slightly higher pH to offset the effects of acids which have a lower pH.  [This is not meant to be a chemistry course, but for those not familiar with the term, the pH scale ranges from 1 to 14. The lower the pH number the more acidic a substance is, and the higher the pH number the more basic or alkaline it is; a pH of 7 is neutral.]

In regard to Lineco products, I am not advocating the use of this brand. Lineco is simply the brand carried by the art supply store where I shop, and I have been pleased with the glue and tape I have tried. Other brands for archival products are also available and can be purchased in other art supply stores and online.



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