~ Removing Remainder Mark Ink on Textblock edges

In general, the depth of the ink into the paper determines the success of the removal process. That and the thickness of the paper.

Examine the area. I usually start by scraping the ink with my specially designed book repair knife. It is rounded at the tip and has a long bevel that is good for other applications. Scraping with a pointy knife makes it too easy to cut through the paper.

If the ink is fairly shallow the best solution may be to sand the entire side of the text-block. Use 100 grit then higher number grits up to 320 or so.

Be sure to clamp the text-block tightly before sanding.

If the inked area is deep you may like to excise the inked area again using the book repair knife.

There is no bleach or product that will remove the ink without damaging the paper even more.

After excising the area you can sand it to even it out. The reason to scrape it first is that sanding can sometimes spread the ink around so it just looks even messier.

Without the specific book repair knife you could grab a butter knife and sharpen the rounded end yourself to get a similar effect. Or sharpen a micro-spatula.

~ Sharpening a Book Repair Knife

Sharpening a Book Repair Knife


~ Archival Book Repair for Book Dealers

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~ Make a Book Press

How to make a simple book press yourself! You only need a few things to make your own book press and you may already have them laying around the house. Here is what you need to make a simple book press: Two clamps Two boards Two Bricks … [Continue reading]

~ How to Repair a Paperback Book

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~ Caring for Leather Books

The conservator recommendations for caring for leather books has changed in the 21st century. The first thing to understand when considering leather care is that leather is made from the skin of animals the most common of which are calf, goat and … [Continue reading]

~ 102: How to use Archival Tape to Repair Pages

I put up this video and then regretted using the deceptive Buzz-feed like title and format. There is some good information here on archival tape though. https://youtu.be/S_Yt-bIjmvw … [Continue reading]

Win a Free Copy of Book Restoration Unveiled

How to be entered in a drawing to Win a Free Copy of Book Restoration Unveiled: Just send an e-mail to info@saveyourbooks.com with the subject "Unveil." I will enter each individual e-mail into the drawing one time. There may be more than … [Continue reading]

~ Archival Page Repair Instruction for Beginners

page repair instruction

Page Repair Instruction to go with the SYB Page Repair Kit.   https://youtu.be/PtZNxlj8h9s Some page repair is very simple and some is more complicated. Hopefully you will be able to follow the page repair instruction here to be able to … [Continue reading]

~ How to Tint Japanese tissue for Book Repair

 How to Tint Japanese tissue for Book Repair I only learned how to tint Japanese tissue for book repair after many years of making do with whatever colors I already had around. When I finally did start color matching myself I couldn't believe how … [Continue reading]