I use these tapes to repair and care for the vintage papers I use in my collages and for my altered books that I use as journals. The Lineco brand is used by Museum conservators worldwide. The glue in plain old masking tape will not last the distance!
Pressure Sensitive Mending Tissue
0.5” x 12′
This very thin and extremely transparent pressure sensitive archival mending tissue is non-yellowing, removable with solvents and has a neutral pH. To use, dispense a length of tissue, place over the tear and burnish with a bone folder. Working the adhesive into the tear causes the adhesive to strengthen the tear as well as cover and support the area around the tear. Sold in rolls, price each.
Document Repair Tape
1” x 35′
This very thin and extremely transparent pressure sensitive document repair tape is non-yellowing, removable with solvents, and has a neutral pH. To use, dispense a length of tissue, place over the tear, and burnish with a bone folder. Working the adhesive into the tear causes the adhesive to strengthen the tear as well as cover and support the area around the tear. It has been thoroughly tested and approved by numerous government agencies and is a favorite of both conservators and collectors. Price per box.
Abaca.sa self-hinging tape
.875” x 12 ft.
incorporates the strength and supple nature of Abaca paper (manila hemp), along with a very strong acrylic adhesive that is permanent and non-yellowing. Gummed tapes are risky to use with Giclee inkjet prints because of their water sensitivity. In these cases a self-adhesive tape is a much safer alternative. Abaca.sa is strong enough to hold large digital prints, and supple enough to adhere to the print without distorting. Abaca paper is acid-free, biodegradable, and comes from a self-sustaining plant. Price per roll.
Book Repair Tape
1” x 36”
This tape is used to hinge covers, reinforce pamphlets, repair covers and loose pages. They use a strong, acid-free linen fabric coated with neutral pH adhesive. While the repair is permanent the tape may be removed with mineral spirits if desired. Use 1′ tape for attaching covers to signature. Use 2″ tape for assembling cover blanks and general book repair. Both are gummed, water-activated.