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Subject: Rubber printing plates

Rubber printing plates

From: Jerry Shiner <info>
Date: Monday, March 25, 2002
Normandy Helmer <nhelmer [at] darkwing__uoregon__edu> writes

>... Among the objects are half a dozen plates that were
>used to print up labels. They are black, rubbery, have a fiber inner
>core and look very much like pieces of old tires. They also smell
>like tires. ...

You might consider storing the rubber(?) printing plates in an
oxygen-free atmosphere. This would likely slow down the chemical
changes. A barrier film bag and some moisture neutral oxygen
scavenger (eg RP K type) would be an easy solution. RP scavenger
will also absorb a number of corrosive gases. I presume you are
storing metal printing plates as well. If you do choose to store
them in oxygen-free envelopes, you could use a combination oxygen
and moisture scavenger (eg RP Type A). More information on these
products is available on our web site: <URL:>

Jerry Shiner
Keepsafe Systems
Supplies and Solutions for Microclimate and Oxygen-free storage
800-683-4696  local phone: 416-703-4696 Fax: (416)
Object and Textile Conservation Services Ltd.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:65
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Received on Monday, 25 March, 2002

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