Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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acid wash

A solution consisting of hydrochloric acid diluted in water. At one time it was used to clean grease and other foreign material from the edges of books prior to gilding. It was usually applied after the initial scraping and sanding, and before the final light sanding.

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