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Re: suitable paper?

In a message dated 9/25/00 6:14:28 PM, ballantrae@GLOBALSERVE.NET writes:

<< Can anyone suggest a brand or type of paper that would be harder-wearing
and more scuff resistant?  >>

There may be some commercial papers that meet your specifications, but they
are probably not of the color and texture that you want.
Besides the other suggestions from Dorothy and Peter, you might also try
sizing the paper with methyl cellulose, such as A4C or A15C. BOOKMAKERS,
carries the A15C (and maybe the shorter A4C) which has a short molecular
length. When mixed to about a 1 or 2% solution, it will get into the fiber
structure and should improve the wearing properties. You could easily test
the results by making a sample and carrying it around with you for a month or
On the otherhand, some good papers, such as the linen papers from Tim Barrett
in Iowa, will scuff after some use and get a nice velvety surface that wears
like iron.
Good Luck.
Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA   16695
fax 814-793-4045

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