Pattern lifting with sticker off cover

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When attempting to lift the sticker off the spine, the surface pattern of the book adheres to the sticker.  I am curious how to release the pattern back to the surface and fix the cracking along the spine. See attached photos. Any advice would be so appreciated. That sticker just ruins it for  me.   Thank you. JP

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    Asked on January 27, 2024 8:48 am
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    This is going to seem like a roundabout way to fix this, but it may be impossible to get the pattern off of the sticker intact. To remove the sticker off the book, try heat like I do in the tape removal course. After you remove the sticker you could try lighter fluid to see if you could remove what was still stuck to the sticker. (Don't use heat and lighter fluid at the same time!)

    All that said, I might approach this in a different way. Assume the pattern stuck to the sticker is a lost cause and instead, make a color photocopy of the pattern onto some Sekishu Japanese tissue. "Cut" to size and paste over the missing spot. Cut is in quotes, because you could use a pointy brush with water on the verso side to be able to tear the Sekishu. I have done this before to good effect. Cheers.

     

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    Answered on January 27, 2024 4:09 pm
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      For what its worth: I have discontinued buying hardbacks from Thriftbooks for this very reason. They told me years ago they knew it was an issue and were working to get "less" glue on their stickers. Other folks manage to get inventory control done without the damage.  That said, I have used the copy method with  some success. And finally, (sorry Sophia) I have used a product called Un-Du with success. This stuff will melt concrete. I still buy paperbacks for my granddaughters from Thriftbooks, but I remove the stickers using Un-Du then clean the books, then overnight in the smelly book box. It might be possible to soak the sticker/lifted material in Un-Du and c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y using a stylus, needle, etc to separate then material, then dry the lifted material before trying to reattach or glue. Stickers suck, just sayin'.

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        Hi Gaylen, 

        I agree! Stickers are horrible. Just a note. If you soak paper in UN-DU or any other chemical that doesn't evaporate on its own (like lighter fluid) the chemical will stay in the paper and continue to affect it long into the future. Drying it is not enough. You would have to wash the chemical out entirely. I can only recommend using such products on sealed plastic materials because they don't soak in. 

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