Book Repair Method: Remove Library Pocket

Book Repair DIY Remove Library Pocket

If you have the DIY Basic Book Repair Kit you will already have most of these tools and materials.

  1. Book Repair Knife
  2. Waxed Paper
  3. Baking Parchment Paper
  4. Bone Folder
  5. Spray Bottle
  6. Iron (Make sure water won’t pour out of it.)
  7. Optional: props to keep cover level
  8. Optional: Paper towel or clean damp rag in a bowl for keeping fingers clean.

To start, Assess the situation. If the pocket is on the cover rather than the text-block page you may need to prop up the cover so you don’t strain the hinge. Now check how much of the pocket is actually attached. Use the knife to carefully remove the loose parts but only work on the parts that are easy. Don’t force anything. When tearing a piece off keep the angle low and pull slowly. If you get into trouble pulling in one direction then try the other way. Once the loose paper is removed then assess the glued area that is leftover. In the case of the video it appears the glue is still tacky. This is a good sign that it may be able to be removed using heat. If it is yellow and crunchy then water is your best bet.

In the video I am using a tacking iron (used commonly in model airplane building) I apply the iron through the baking parchment because the iron might be dirty and you don’t want to transfer that dirt to the page. Also it will help keep you from burning the area you are working on. As you heat up a small area go along with the repair knife or the micro-spatula and scrape the paper off.

The sticky residue left in the instance of this video can be removed with a crepe eraser or more scraping with the knife. If that doesn’t work you can cover the sticky areas with a thin Japanese tissue called Kizukishi applied with paste. This could be colored to match before hand but Kizukishi is so thin that it is mostly see-through. The only other option is to scrape off the offending areas and re-color them which would be a lot of work.

Book Repair Method: Erase Ink Library Stamp

Blog supplement for the YouTube video:


Book Repair DIY Corner Repair

Erasing an Ink Library Stamp can sometimes be really easy as this video demonstrates. Use a Staedtler Mars eraser. If you choose an eraser that “erases” ink you may scratch the color of the paper off. Ink erasers just have grit in them so they act like sandpaper. I prefer to use a regular eraser and then if I need extra effort I can use my repair knife and/or some sandpaper. There is a video if you want to see that method.

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The next blog will go into the knife-work.

The brush I use to get rid of the crumbs is an anti-static brush that keeps the particles from sticking to it. Fancy, right?

Book Repair Method: Remove a Library Mark by Scraping with a Knife

Book Repair DIY: Remove Library Mark by Scraping with a Knife

Sometimes using an eraser is not going to remove the whole mark and then we turn to more drastic measures. The repair knife that is included in the DIY Basic Book Repair Kit is designed to scrape rather than cut and lift rather than stab. It is the perfect tool to try to remove just the fibers of the paper that have ink on them.