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Re: [BKARTS] red rot

In a message dated 7/25/02 7:15:20 PM, levybooks@EMAIL.COM writes:

<< I have found that while klucel-g and isopropanol seems to work wonders for
last stage red rot, in my experiece,over time it has been shown to cause
fractures and "cupping" of the grain layer fracture pieces.  So there is a
balance of short term effect vs. long term damage that needs to be
considered.  >>

In a message dated 7/25/02 7:22:58 PM, verheyen@PHILOBIBLON.COM writes:
<< Caused by the dehydrating (shrinking) effect of the alcohol >>

As both Bruce and Peter have said, there are some problems with applying
alcohol (and alcohol solutions that have absorbed water from the air, as well
as, any water based solution) to red rot.
But before I continue let me say that there are many people with more
knowledge on this subject than me. It is my understanding that we should
avoid applying any alcohol to leather because of the drying affect.
In the past few years, I have spoken intently with a fellow-binder (and
researcher) in Canada who has some information and thoughts on this subject.
If only she had the time to further her research, there may be a better
Obviously, this is a topic of interest and concern to many of us. There
should be a chemical solution that can be applied to leather that will
protect it and not have the side-effects -- maybe some day? In the meantime,
we should use the Klucel G and Cellugel with some hesitation/reservation.

Bill Minter

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

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