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Re: [BKARTS] Preserving newspaper

Chemically I consider the products equal. That said there are several
drawbacks for the Wei T'o.

1. Solvent based - You MUST use proper ventilation or you will get a nasty
2. The aerosol cans are horrible and clog continually resulting in a huge
amount of waste When I was Archival Product Manager at Gaylord, the rate of
return on them was quite high, and user satisfaction low (the cans were
often VERY full). The clogging was related to humidity/water moisture
causing the magnesium to go out of solution and block not just the nozzle,
but also the valve in the can. The liquid solution that one immerses things
in does not have that problem.

While the cost of the Bookkeeper is higher, the product is relatively
non-toxic, can be used with a regular pump spray bottle.

Deacidification will cause a darkening of high lignin (newsprint) papers,
which may, or may not, be acceptable.

Reformatting is often much more (cost)effective.

What wasn't stated at the beginning of this thread is why the newspaper was
being preserved and how it would need to be used in the future. This kind
of information is critical to giving an appropriate response. The
alternative is going around in circles, not answering the question, and
confusing a lot of people.

Hope this helps,


At 09:37 AM 11/18/2004, you wrote:
Wei T'o is the original
deacidification product on the market and has much testing and field
experience for it to stand on.  Bookkeepers is relatively new to the
market, and although significantly more expensive to Wei T'o, has been
advancing by leaps and bounds in the market.  I would be hard pressed to
say which is a better product, as you can find test results to support
either side of the argument, which is why we carry both.
Aaron Salik
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New York, NY 10011
212-219-0770 Phone
212-219-0735 Fax


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