Removing the backing ...

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Posted by Theo de Kreijger on May 09, 2002 at 11:40:41:

In Reply to: Re: Stll more on trimming and backing :o) posted by Jim on May 09, 2002 at 10:48:17:

: Is there any problems associated with removing a backing? It seems like removing the backing to prints is the thing to do these days. I have noticed wrinkling and discoloration. thanks

This is something you should NEVER do yourself. You should absolutely leave detaching or cleaning to a professional restaurer. Japanese prints have been printed when they were moist. So they hardly will loose any color when dettached from there backing, unless it's cruedly done with to little or to much moist. But a lot of prints also have some have extra layers of pigment added on top of the print after it had been printed. These might get damaged. The most terrible thing to happen is when a meiji print gets damp. Most of them were printed with Western analine dyes. They will run like hell when they get wet. And the print will immediately be destroyed. These attempts can sometimes be found at eBay's for a few dollars, but who wants them in such a state ?

Anyway. It's always a tricky thing and should only be done by a pro when the print really needs it.


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