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Hi Sophia

I’m looking through my shelves to assess my repair needs and wondering if the basic book repair kit would work for what I want to tackle.

Attaching pics below. The major issues are:

  • Spine repairs (they mainly look like cloth but two of them seem to be a kind of paper)
  • Reattaching color plates (some with protective tissue)
  • Strengthening loose hinges
  • Cleaning dirt from bindings, jackets, etc.
  • Repairing the ripped apart dust jacket I posted about a while back (and do have some of the Nori paste you recommended which I know isn’t in the kit)

Are there any of these issues that the basic kit wouldn’t cover? I’ll most likely do the dust jacket first but then I feel like the spine repair would be good to tackle as some of those are at high risk of completely coming detached.

I know it’s a lot so appreciate any advice you have!

Thank you,

Anil

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    Oops, one more pic I missed. Is there a way to edit my original post? I don’t seem to see a way to modify.

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      Answered on December 9, 2019 1:37 pm
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        Dang it, and another one I missed. This one feels like a very soft paper that’s getting ragged.

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            Yes. The Basic Book Repair Kit has Muslin, Sekishu, Brown Kozo paper, archival paper for reattaching the loose spine, 320 grit sandpaper, eraser and more things that are just what you need. The only other major things would be any coloring implements you want to use and some archival glue. (You say you have paste already).

            You will want to take 2-107b for the loose spines and 1-103 for cleaning the cover. The kit comes with a coupon code for a one month free All-Access Pass so you can take all the courses you need.

            Those look like great beginner projects for book repair!

             

             

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              Hi Anil,

              It is actually easier for the system to post each question separately so that if others search they can find a relevant subject heading. In any case it is all fine!

              Regarding the paper spine one. That is trickier but I would attach Sekishu to the spine with paste, let it dry and then carefully remove it, then repair the cover with a new spine and replace the original spine on that. After it is placed onto the new spine you can dampen the Sekishu and gently remove it. This way will keep the spine from becoming shredded as you remove it. The book repair knife from the kit will be very handy for this.

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                Hi Sophia

                Awesome, thank you for the advice. The paper spine sounds more complicated so I think I'll do the cloth spines to get more familiar with things. I have a couple throwaway books with detaching cloth spines to use for test runs anyway. Then when I get to that paper one I'll make a new post if I still have questions. :-)

                 

                Anil

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