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  • Wanda Morris February 18, 2017 @ 10:47 am Reply

    I have two paperbacks that are stuck together and I was wondering if there is any way to separate them without damaging the front cover of the book that is stuck to the back cover of another paperback.

    I am happy to sacrifice the top book’s back cover if I can save the front cover on the bottom book.

    I believe water or another liquid was spilled on books causing them to bind together. They have been packed away for at least a year.

    Any suggestions you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

  • John Ison John Ison February 21, 2017 @ 6:03 am Reply

    Wanda,

    It water is the cause of the problem it may be possible to moisten the inside of the back cover to the top book and allow some time for that to soak through to loosen the bond between the covers. A piece of very damp (but not soaking wet) paper towel on top of that cover would help to keep it moist. Be sure to place a barrier between the cover and text block of both books so the moisture doesn’t get the contents wet. I’d use a sheet of aluminum foil for each book to be sure nothing soaks through. Let the books set for a time to see if the bond starts to loosen. This could take a few minutes or several hours . If, after a time you don’t see an improvement try moistening the inside of the front cover of the bottom book also. You’re now increasing the chance of causing some minor damage to that cover but if this works and you can ease the books apart they both should be useable.

    If the books do come apart be sure to place some weight on each of the dampened covers as they dry to help keep them from curling. If this process doesn’t work it may have been something other than water that caused the problem and it may be impossible to separate the books.

    Hope this helps,

    John

  • Connie Mogan March 15, 2017 @ 5:04 pm Reply

    On the cover of our classroom textbooks, some students have used some pointed object to draw by making indentations into the cover. I tried setting a hot cup of water on the indentations to try and draw them out; however, that did not remove the indentations. Do you have a suggestion for me?

  • John Ison John Ison March 31, 2017 @ 7:56 am Reply

    Connie,

    I have tested some ideas since your question arrived but found no sure-fire solution to your problem. One approach that seemed to offer the best chance of removing the indentations was placing a piece of dampened paper towel on the cover and pressing that with a steam iron.

    Use the lowest heat setting that will produce steam and don’t linger too long so you over-heat the cover. Once the moisture has softened the cover a bit use a plastic bone folder (Demco # WS16280200) or a similar device to rub the indentations out.

    If you give this a try let me know how it works for you.

    John

  • Ian porter July 31, 2017 @ 9:51 am Reply

    I have a 19th century family bible but the front cover is detached what do I re fix it to spine cover wet please

  • Kykygirl October 3, 2017 @ 6:31 pm Reply

    Hey I borrowed my sisters paperback book she told me she’d kill me if I damaged it. By mistake when I put the book in my backpack the cove bent and at the bottoms of a few pages it is ripped. I can’t buy anything special for it because my sister will know what happened my options are very limited right now she’s gonna kill me! Respond as soon as possible.

  • John Ison John Ison October 6, 2017 @ 1:15 pm Reply

    The damage you describe doesn’t sound like anything that would affect the readability of the paperback–and that’s the important part. There’s nothing I can think of that would keep her from knowing something happened. Unless you can find a replacement copy to give your sister I think your best option is to use a good transparent mending tape to keep the tears from getting any longer and apologize for the damage.

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