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Re: Paste

I'm not Keven, but...

Paste is great because it really penetrates into the leather and doesn't
stain (i.e. is reversible) if you get it on the grain side (though there
can be exceptions like overly delicate calf). Most importantly using paste
moistens the leather (especially when wetted from the grain side, too)
allowing one to mould the leather over raised cords, make nice headcaps,
and crisp corners, without racing to get done before the PVA dries. Those
things are all more difficult with PVA. Of course, all this works best with
nice vegetable tanned bookbinding leathers, as opposed to chrome tanned
stuff which you can find at Tandy and elsewhere...


>Kevin, why do you prefer paste for leather?

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