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Re: [BKARTS] Removing smudges from page edges

IF these are new books and they are being rebound as you state, I would
just lightly trim the edges as part of the process. For a superclean
(smooth) edge use a guillotine, for a more interesting edge, trim the
individual signatures in a board shear, or some combination.


At 10:00 AM 3/29/2005, you wrote:
Anyone have tips for removing smudges, fingerprints or dirt from page edges?
We are asking a binder to re-bind a set of books for presentation to a
particular individual.  But some of the books have been in a warehouse for a
number of years and have collected dirt and smudges on the page edges.  This
is readily noticeable when one pulls the book from the shelf, and we would
hate to spoil what will otherwise be a very attractive binding.

Mark Klemens


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