- Peel as much of the original paper spine inlay from the original spine cloth as possible. If the paper is well adhered to the cloth, don’t force it off the spine cloth.
- Trim the frayed edges with a straight edge and X-acto knife, taking care not to remove any of the letters or design.
- Lay the original spine against the new book cloth spine to check for a proper fit. The original spine should not extend into the hinge area as it will add bulk that will inhibit the cover from opening freely. Trim the original if it is too wide.
- Lay the original spine wrong side up on a piece of waste paper and apply PVA glue in a star burst pattern.
- Position the original spine over the new book cloth spine.
MAKE SURE THE SPINE IS RIGHT SIDE UP TO THE TEXT BLOCK.
- Cover the original spine with a piece of wax paper and rub down with a folder.
- With the wax paper still covering the spine, wrap the book snugly in an elastic bandage (the kind used for a sprained ankle). Pull the bandage tight as the book is wrapped. The bandage will apply even pressure over the entire curved spine.
- When the spine is dry, double check that all the edges are adhered.