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Re: [BKARTS] Correcting date on books to be leather-treated



Doraothy,

You may want to try a product that we make. We have
used successfully since 1977. It works better than any
we have ever used and we will refund the price if you
don't like it.

Ed Stansell
http://www.bookrestoration.net/

--- Dorothy Africa <africa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Cara -- I think the date doesn't make much
> difference here, you are still
> in the era of poor leather tan.  That is assuming
> that it is leather at
> all, but I think you are a bit ahead of the
> synthetic leathers.   Frankly,
> I would not put any of the items you listed on these
> books.  The sealers
> will really do only that, seal the surfaces, which
> is done only when the
> leathers have already started to rot and the books
> need to be handled.  The
> oils and preservatives are also short term measures
> and are in the long
> term detrimental, so the longer you can put off
> doing them the better.  If
> the leather is so dry as to be showing signs of
> splitting along the spine
> joints, I would  apply a LITTLE bit of Fredelka
> formula leather dressing
> along the joint with the tip of my finger or a bit
> of rag.
>     In general, polishing and dressing leather
> bindings, while it improves
> their looks, is not beneficial nor does it prolong
> the life of a leather
> that was poorly tanned.  If the leather was stored
> in over heated
> conditions, the dressing is not really going to
> reverse that damage
> either.   Over dressing, on the other hand, either
> by applying too much or
> doing it frequently, will hasten the degradation of
> the leather.  Sorry to
> rain on the parade, but maybe someone else on the
> list is aware of some
> new, improved miracle lotion or whatever to share
> with us all on this point.
>   Dorothy Africa
>
>
>
> At 11:37 AM 5/25/2005, you wrote:
> >That Nonesuch Shakespeare is actually 1939, not
> 1929 - - sorry 'bout
> >that.  Which makes me wonder:  Does ten years more
> make a significant
> >difference in the aging of leather, or in its
> treatment?
> >
> >Thanks again,
> >Cara
> >
> >Cara Schlesinger
> >Faenwyl Studio
> >Brooklyn and Youngsville, NY
> >
> >
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