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Subject: Consolidating deteriorated leather

Consolidating deteriorated leather

From: Denis Gouey <goueybooks>
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 1996
In response to Cor Knops about powdery leather (Conservation
DistList Instance: 9:19), I have for the past 3 years successfully
used klucel g as a consolidant for decayed or weak leather.I mix it
with ethanol to the consistency of syrup (sorry I can't be more
precise) and I apply it with a lint free rag. The treatment may
require more than one coat ,and the entire cover is treated
including the turn ins ,letting dry between coats. Although I have
not encountered the problem Cor has with stickiness, a thin coat of
Renaissance wax would seal and protect against moisture and adhesion
to the skin when handled.

Denis Gouey

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:56
                Distributed: Thursday, January 25, 1996
                        Message Id: cdl-9-56-012
Received on Wednesday, 17 January, 1996

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