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Is Anyway To Remove The Yellow-Ish Color (From The Envelop) Off The Back Of Stamps

 
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Posted 08/25/2021   10:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add misterxy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello all experts. Hope someone can help me here. I bought some stamps on-line. The back of those stamps were kind of yellow-ish. I can tell they were all from the yellow envelop during the soaking process. when the water turned dirty, it contaminated the white paper (the back of the stamp). The color made the stamps look dirty. I re-soaked them in water and it didn't help much. My question: Is there any safe way to whiten or restore the paper without damaging the front side? Also in a addition to the yellow-ish, some of the stamps were cancelled by black markers in post-office. Is there way to lighten to remove those thick black maker lines? Many thanks folks! Happy collecting!
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Posted 08/25/2021   10:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From personal experience..No
Accept or discard.

Soaking from Yellow Brown Manila covers,
try cutting the stamp piece off the cover,
Bowl of room temp water, lie piece, stamps face down,
wait 10 mins or so (leave longer at your peril)
Once the stamps slide off, rinse in clear cold water.

I have c75% success rate.

Black marker (Marker Monkey cancels)
Retain until a better example comes along
Any attempt at removal shall damage the stamp in some magnitude.


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Edited by rod222 - 08/25/2021 10:46 pm
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Posted 08/26/2021   1:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jconey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Cleaning stamps (much like coins) with bleach or other chemical, is generally not a good idea and can have a negative effect in its value. I'd advise against it, but that just my opinion.
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Posted 08/26/2021   5:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Prevention is best, using a quick, cold water soak. At this point, I would say "let it be."
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Posted 08/26/2021   6:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add misterxy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
yea... Thank you guys. In my own process, I paid much attention to those details when handing stamps... Those stamps that I bought were somebody else's work and I just dont want to discard them like that, trying to see if I can save them somehow...
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