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garyd2831
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posted 01-21-2018 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an Apollo 8 Lunar Orbit Chart signed with quotes from Frank Borman and Jim Lovell and wanted an opinion in regards to having the chart laminated. Would laminating the chart destroy, detract from the signatures or decrease the value of the chart?

The reason I ask is because the chart is long, and printed on very lightweight paper. It wasn't made to last forever and by framing it, some type of archival tape would have to be used in order to mount it with possible future damage being had.

What do you think?

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Generally speaking, any non-reversible action, like heat-activated lamination, is not recommended when it comes to modern preservation techniques.

Archival mounting, using acid-free mattes and materials, is preferable if the desire is to display. If not, flat storage between archival-safe sleeves is a better solution.

rgarner
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posted 01-21-2018 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is also my understanding that the act of lamination can increase the damage or fading done when exposed to direct sunlight.

Larry McGlynn
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An alternative technique would be to encapsulate the chart in a sealed Mylar enclosure. Then the Mylar can be attached to anything. The Mylar would protect the chart from damage by any adhesive and since the Mylar is coated for UV protection damage from most light sources.

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Another option is to find a paper conservator who can stabilize the artifact from further degradation. Usually this is due to the acidity in the paper. This process can take some time though. I found my contact through my framer who uses the experts from a nationally known museum. Afterwards, you will need to frame appropriately with UV protection.

I would not laminate as I feel that this would detract greatly from the value.

garyd2831
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posted 01-21-2018 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Larry McGlynn:
An alternative technique would be to encapsulate the chart in a sealed Mylar enclosure.
I like that idea if there is a way to have a custom one made for its size... 40 inches long. Is there a company than can do this request?

mf451
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posted 01-21-2018 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mf451   Click Here to Email mf451     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary, reach out to TALAS. They do a lot of custom work for conservators and archivists, including mylar. Good luck!

garyd2831
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posted 01-21-2018 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the link. I'll contact them to see what they can do.

lspooz
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posted 01-21-2018 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The standard Mylar Brodart archival book covers (10 to 20 yard rolls, I'd buy the Just-A-Fold in whatever height you want for about $15-25, from Manaus Books) will give you enough for more than a dozen such charts, and your books...

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