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Subject: Removing wax linings

Removing wax linings

From: Karen Lenk <klenk>
Date: Friday, February 4, 2000
Has anyone had experience removing old linings applied with wax? I
am working on a 25" x 36", 1884 poster in extremely fragile
condition (yellowed, embrittled, badly fragmented along 48 folded
sections). The verso had been lined with a gauze-like material
impregnated with what appears to be paraffin wax (white and
brittle). I have tried heat (melts wax, but darkens paper), organic
solvents (petroleum spirit, chlorinated hydrocarbons and some
aliphatic/aromatic hydrocarbons). None of them worked. Any

Karen Lenk
Preservation and Digitization
Toronto Reference Library

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:43
                Distributed: Wednesday, February 9, 2000
                       Message Id: cdl-13-43-013
Received on Friday, 4 February, 2000

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