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Subject: Bookcloth


From: Don Etherington <70304.3023>
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 1996
This is in reference to the inquiry from Ann V. Frellsen (11/18/96)
into the working qualities of the relatively new poly/cotton
buckram.  Ann, we have found it to be a little stronger, more
flexible, and very satisfactory for making book cases in library

One comment to start with is that trying to dilute JADE 403 with
Methyl Cellulose or paste is not going to work very well.  A full
strength adhesive such as JADE 403 will work a lot better though it
will not be reversible.  There are several other acceptable
adhesives such as Evans and Wisdom.

The choice of poly/cotton for repairing books is rather a
questionable decision as it is generally too stiff and glossy and
not as malleable as the old starch-filled buckram.  There are many
other materials on the market that would most likely be a good
substitute, though they are more expensive.  The suppliers of
starch-filled buckram still have a large stock so I would suggest
you purchase as much as you can before the stocks run dry.

Don Etherington
Conservation Division
Information Conservation, Inc.
Brown Summit, NC 27282

                  Conservation DistList Instance 10:51
               Distributed: Wednesday, November 27, 1996
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Received on Tuesday, 26 November, 1996

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