book repair glue

Book Repair Glue

Book Repair Glue

The most commonly used glue for book repair these days is Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA). Also known as craft glue or wood glue, PVA is a good all-around adhesive. It has a low moisture content and dries quickly. It dries flexible, so it can be used to tighten hinges, repair book cover corners and reattach loose book cloth to book board. Importantly PVA is not affected by mold or fungi. However, it is damaged by freezing, so many US and European  book…

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Book Repair Glue

Book Repair – Glue or Paste?

There are two main kinds of adhesives used in book repair: paste and glue. Each has special properties and should be used in specific instances. 1. BOOK REPAIR PASTE Paste is generally a cooked mixture of water and vegetable starch, such as wheat or rice. 2. BOOK REPAIR GLUE Several types of glue have been used in bookbinding over the years, the most common being animal hide glue. In recent years, animal-based glues have been replaced with synthetic vinyl resin…

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