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Chartham Translucent

From: Christine Smith <consartpap>
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Babette Gehnrich <bgehnrich [at] mwa__org> writes

>I wondered if anyone has information regarding the permanence and
>aging properties of the paper "Chartham Translucent" made by Reich
>Paper of NY.

I have not worked with that particular paper, but have treated a
collection of serigraphs that were interleaved with what might be a
similar paper.  That product, a translucent cotton paper, was
labeled as being solvent free. Nevertheless, oily looking spots
appeared on many of the prints and on Color-Aid samples that I used
to replicate the damage. Removing the spots was time-consuming,
tedious, expensive, and not always totally successful.  I have a
partially complete article about this, which I will submit to a
journal when I can finish writing it. (The manufacturer refused to
provide helpful information, and analysis at two museum laboratories
did not provide any specific information.)

 In summary, I suggest that you make storage mock-ups with the kind
of papers, media, and housing methods you are contemplating and age
the samples for at least five months before using any unproved
translucent paper as a cover sheet over valued objects.

I hope this is of some help.  Feel free to contact me directly if
you have further questions.

Christine Smith
Conservation of Art on Paper, Inc.
2805 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301

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