fbbarker wrote: thomas4d4 wrote:
Great topic! I often repair rips with archival tape, or iron rolled spines and things but I have never tried to clean any comics.
I've got some rolled spines on some of my books, how would I go about ironing them without damaging them?
I put the iron on the lowest setting. You can create some waves if it's too hot. Make sure the iron is dry. A wet iron will also cause waves. I also use a piece of copie paper in-between the iron and the cover. The iron can dirty the cover, but not the inside pages. Newsprint doesn't pick up marks from the iron.
You have to play with the spine a little to figure out the best way to get out the roll. For really bad rolls I usually iron it flat and then I fold it properly and iron.
The heat of the iron makes the paper soft and mailable.
On some rare cases the roll is too stubborn to get out but most times it works great.
Along the same lines, the archival tape sounds like a great tool to keep in ones arsenal as well, who makes a good archival tape?
I got some archival tape from an art supply store. You can also try Japanese paper and wheat paste. Japanese paper is much more invisible than the archival tape, but it's a little more work.
With the archival tape I'm managed to take GOOD comics with the covers almost off or off and repaired the spines well enough to make them very readable, and not bad looking to boot. If you look you can see the repairs but at first glance they look FINE.
For extreme cases like insect damage or extremely brittle paper there's not much to do but for basic worn spines, it works like a charm.
My proudest repair was a Marvel Feature #1 (Giant Size format). The cover was all but off but because of the nature of the damage I managed to repair the spine tare and glue it back on with no noticeable repairs. Even I can't see any and I did the work! It went for GOOD to FINE. But this is best case scenario.