Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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fixative

A clear solution, such as a synthetic resin in xylene (C 8 H 10 ) sprayed or coated on a work of art, a reproduction copy, etc., that "fixes" or stabilizes the image, thus making it more resistant to wear, smudging, etc. Fixatives protect and preserve, but they also at times change the refractive index and may also impart an unnatural sheen to the colors, possibly one not intended by the artist. (233 )




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