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Re: [BKARTS] removing deposits on leather bindings

I think airbrushing with acrylic inks mixed to match the original colors
would probably cover.  I've patched in areas of color loss and have been
very happy with the results, as faded or stained areas tended to
disappear and were pretty much invisible.

This one is kind of on a par with the Oregon poet, who directed that
after his death his skin be tanned and used to bind copies of his
poetry.  Nothing should be a surprise in this world.

Eugene, OR

On Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at 08:11 AM, Silver MayKitten wrote:

> I have been given about thirty books with nice leather bindings to
> restore for the original owner's grandson.
> The problem is that all the books have a granular yellowish deposit
> on the covers and page edges. The grandson confidentially admitted
> to me that at the end of his life the grandfather was a compulsive
> mastrubator and that he believed the stains to be semen.
> A friend of mine that sells laundry supplies to the hospitality
> industry let me try a sample of Cum-Along, a product intended to
> remove  sweat and sex stains from expensive "Honeymoon Suite"
> sheets and other fabrics. While the stuff does dissolve the
> deposits and removes the brownish-yellow stain underneath, it
> somewhat bleaches the red and yellow dyes in the leather.
> The resulting rings have edges darker than the rest of the cover at
> the edge of where the stain is removed, and the leather is
> noticeably lighter where the work was done.
> Admittedly, Cum-Along works wonderfully for it's intended purpose,
> that was proved to me as it did a marvelous job of cleaning up the
> mess left behind when my daughter Eve's triplets spent a week-end
> with me -- with their boy friends. (Picture my housekeeper striping
> three beds twice a day for three days and four nights.)<GRIPE> I
> think they came for a honeymoon instead of a visit.</GRIPE>
> Anyone have a better solution or any idea how to restore the color
> to the leather?

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