Removing mull and old glue


New student question:  wish to remove mull and old glue from half a dozen Bibles we wish to recover to send to Africa in our programs there.  Your restoration video shows using “paste” to soften those components.  Is that Book Repair Paste (Nori) or something else? I’ve read elsewhere methy cellulose is quite effective in this purpose.  Forgive me for not yet completing all course materials, but what is your recommendation for this first step “dissasembly” objective?

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Asked on September 7, 2020 5:42 pm
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Great question! The reason for paste or methyl cellulose is simply to provide a way for the moisture to sit on the old glue to soften it. You could use any of a number of kinds of paste or poultices. Yes, the nori paste is good. I would water it down quite a bit to make it go further. 


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Answered on September 7, 2020 7:36 pm