Use an “Archival Band-aid” to Fix an Old Leather Book
A Quick Fix for a Cracked Leather Book Joint
Creating an archival band-aid is a simple fix for a typical problem. Many times, older leather books will have a cracked outer joint but the board is still hanging on. That means that this is your chance to save it before it falls off. This post is just letting you know what is in the latest Leather Care and Repair Course that I just put out today.
Step by Step Instructions:
Here are all the steps listed out. The full course goes into more detail and each step is demonstrated in the video. Basically you are using some long-fibered paper to create a shape to tuck under the leather over the broken joint. If you are experienced with book restoration this list of steps might be enough to get you going.
- Protect the Leather:
- Support the Board:
- Strengthen the Inner Hinge:
- Dry Thoroughly:
- Create the Archival Band-aid:
- Lift the Board Side of the Crack:
- Lift the Spine Side of the Crack:
- Don’t Make it Worse:
- Optional: Color the archival band-aid:
- Glue the Archival Band-aid:
- Create a Plastic Spacer:
- Tuck the Band-aid Into Place:
- Trim the Excess:
Mistakes and Solutions:
As always, when things go wrong during the lesson I don’t cut it out of the video. I address each issue and talk about what can be done. There were only two in this lesson. One is on coloring and one is on what to do when you didn’t go far enough and there is still a gap in the joint.
As I went along these other things came up that could be useful in caring for leather books.
- How to Glue Down Flaking Leather: Use really dry PVA glue after you Klucel.
- How to Apply SC6000 for Further Protection: Avoid brush strokes, Let dry and then buff.
This post refers to Save Your Books’ Course #4-204: Quick Fix for a Cracked Leather Spine, has 25 minutes of video showing how to create and apply the band-aid. Look for it under the Leather Care and Repair category. Only $14.99