Which adhesive should you use for Book Repair?
The short answer is it depends. The adhesive most commonly used these days for book repair glue or paste is a modern, white, petroleum-based glue called PVA. Second to this glue is paste. There are many kinds to be found on the market and Conservators will argue whether rice or wheat starch is better and which method for cooking it is best. Learn more about when to use each and what the consequences are if you use the wrong one.
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PERPETUAL CAVEAT: Never repair rare and/or scarce books. When in doubt only do preservation treatments and consult an accredited professional.
Included in This Lesson:
- No Video
- Discussion comparing benefits and uses of paste and glue
For more information on when to use adhesives on books see: 1-101 Book Repair Guidelines
To buy archival adhesives go to the Supplies page.
“In all beginnings there dwells a magic force …” from “Stages” Herman HesseAs a rookie student with little experience in book repair I signed up and took the first course today. The discussion of adhesives is clear, concise and definitive. Sophie apparently knows Don Etherington and has thereby added greatly to her credibility. This is like taking guitar lessons from someone who knows Eric Clapton 🎸 I’m encouraged and, as far as glue and paste is concerned, ready to get stuck in. 🤪