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Subject: Lighter fluid

Lighter fluid

From: Misha Schutt <mishagmcla>
Date: Tuesday, December 26, 1995
I've been reading the Cons DistList for a long time, but I haven't
made a contribution so far, since I'm not trained in preservation
(this list certainly is a help there) and I don't have much in the
way of mummified moa's heads or other unusual problems.

I never see my favorite household/office cleaning solvent mentioned,
and I'm wondering who else knows what is it good for and what
attendant problems it might have.  I can't imagine running a library
without it.

I have found cigarette-lighter fluid, sold in the U.S. as Ronsonol,
consisting primarily of naphtha, to be extremely useful for
removing such adhesives as rubber cement, Scotch tape, chewing gum,
Band-Aids and pressure-sensitive labels, not to mention such other
stains as tar and heel marks on linoleum.  It cleans more things
than alcohol, while it doesn't damage nearly as many surfaces as
acetone, my last resort for tough cleaning.

I've recently been using it to clean consumer-type photographic
prints, of which we have several with tape or rubber cement residue
in our image files. (In Southern California air, rubber bands also
turn into strips of crumbly gluish stuff within a couple of

Does anybody know of reasons why it isn't more widely used or

Warner Research Collection, Burbank Public Library

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:51
                 Distributed: Tuesday, January 2, 1996
                        Message Id: cdl-9-51-004
Received on Tuesday, 26 December, 1995

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