Re: Removing glued print from background

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Posted by John Fiorillo on May 14, 1999 at 08:33:36:

In Reply to: Removing glued print from background posted by John Graham on May 13, 1999 at 07:14:16:


Removing glued paper backings and the residue of the glue itself can be very difficult and sometimes impossible without damaging the print. There are a great variety of glues. Water-soluble glues are the easiest to deal with, but many glues cannot be treated without solvents, which in themselves can be quite harmful to Japanese prints. A conservator should be consulted so that the type of glue can be identified and the best treatment employed, not to mention whether treatment is even a viable option. While it true that many prints can be safely removed from their backings by professionals, there are also many cases where removal is not warranted. Please do not try it yourself, as you are likely to damage the print.

If you do not know of a reputable expert in paper conservation in your area, visit the following website for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), which has a section on selecting a local, reputable art conservator who is experienced in caring for works of art on paper.

American Institute for Conservation.


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