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From: Fairfax, VA, USA
Registered: Feb 2007

posted 02-15-2013 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently obtained several lithos that are attached (either with glue or little pieces of double-sided tape - not sure) to larger pieces of paper. I'd like to know if there is a trick to removing them with as little damage as possible.

I'm guessing that I'm going to have to go with peeling very carefully, but just in case there is some miracle substance or clever technique that will dissolve the adhesive, or lead to better separation, without any damage to the lithos, I thought I'd seek advice here.

Thank you!

EDIT: I peeled off one of the very common lithos. Somebody back in the 70s used little squares of slightly thick whitish tape - probably sold for scrapbook use - to affix the lithos to the larger papers.

I appreciate the suggestions below. I want to be sure to use a substance that won't cause stains or color bleeding. Any more ideas for something that would weaken the tape's hold and then politely disappear?


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From: Beverly Hills, Calif.
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posted 02-15-2013 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try to work in little bits of talcum powder as you go; I've found it to be of some use.


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From: Allentown, PA, USA
Registered: Apr 2012

posted 02-16-2013 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon001     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It can be done with minimal damage. Paper conservators use various solvents to loosen tapes and glues, then gently remove.

I'm having this process carried out on some non-space related (130 year old) family documents.

I'm extremely pleased with the result. Private message me if you'd like the conservation company's contact info.


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From: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Registered: Jan 2011

posted 02-16-2013 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Besixdouze   Click Here to Email Besixdouze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try using Lighter Fluid (marketed as Ronsonol in the UK) or Clean Art. Test on an unimportant area as a precaution if possible. As it's a solvent, any residue should just evaporate away.

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