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Plastic Transfer From Desert Magic Drying Book?

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Posted 01/12/2021   05:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rod222.

Perhaps you are recalling discussion re use of 150 proof Everclear or 90 proof Absolut
as soaking method for "recent" US issues.

Have not personally used. Too expensive for my tastes.

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Posted 01/12/2021   05:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbcev80 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi

When I soak stamps I use a plastic shoe storage box. I fill the box with warm water and let a little warm tap water "dribble" into the box. I then put in the stamps. Any debris is washed over the edge by virtue of the dribbling water overfilling the box. The only thing left are pieces of paper that the stamps were on and the stamps. I then put the stamps in a drying book.

When the stamps are dry, I inspect the backs. If shiny, they go back to soaking. I prefer using the "finger rubbing" when they have soaked a while. Rod's knife scraping scares the devil out of me. Make sure no paper debris goes down the drain. A piece of wire mesh over the drain solves that problem.

At one time I took a shoe box and made holes at the top to let the water drain. That was overkill. Dribbling over the edge works just fine.

Similar to the box I use:
https://www.amazon.com/STERILITE-St...8476&sr=8-54

Jerry B



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Posted 01/12/2021   06:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Rod's knife scraping scares the devil out of me.



Jerry, you have to be here, to see it.
The Gum Arabic, soaked in cold water 10-15 mins, and the gum has a consistency of Mayonaise.
Scraping it is like having a close shave, there is no resistance,
just a smooth brush of the knife edge, and all that brown gummy muck, slides onto the blade.

The big trick is to have it on the fleshy base or the thumb,
won't work anywhere else, needs a bit of "give"


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Perhaps you are recalling discussion re use of 150 proof Everclear or 90 proof Absolut
as soaking method for "recent" US issues.


I have kept this in my folder "soaking"
I don't have much need for soaking anymore, the gum arabic is disappearing, more need for "bestine" for the self adhesives.
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Edited by rod222 - 01/12/2021 07:01 am
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Posted 01/13/2021   10:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gvol21 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting discussion - I think the knife scraping might be a bit much for me!

Regarding water temp: I almost always use room temperature water *unless* I'm transferring stamps from a collection where foxing has been present, either on the stamps (in which case I discard, if low value) or elsewhere on the album pages, etc. In this case, I prefer to use hot water to hopefully render inert/kill off any spores that might be lurking. There is a risk that inks could run, but that's one I'm willing to take; personally, I think it's a more acceptable risk than potentially introducing mold into my collection.
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