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Posted 07/06/2020   11:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add XC_Runner18 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have been soaking Belgian stamps in tap water and when I pulled some out of their bath I noticed that a couple had some spots on the back and I wanted to make sure that the stamp isn't damaged by the tap water.
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Posted 07/06/2020   11:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yikes, what exactly did you soak them in?
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Posted 07/06/2020   11:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add XC_Runner18 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just plain tap water, I am planning on soaking a batch in distilled water and seeing if that makes a difference
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Posted 07/06/2020   12:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Probably ink or similar from the surface to which they previously adhered.
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Posted 07/06/2020   9:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Probably ink or similar from the surface to which they previously adhered.

Agree.
Opinion:
Forget distilled water, just plain clean water from the tap, (cold) allow 10-30 mins, then rinse and remove any obvious gunky mucilage.

Self adhesives need another method.

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Edited by rod222 - 07/06/2020 9:31 pm
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Posted 07/06/2020   9:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! It does look like someones ink pen exploded or splattered or the stamp was used as a blotter. As the others above state, tap water is fine.

As for Canadian self adhesive stamps only, a special gum was manufactured for them, allowing them to be seperated from the envelope and adhesive. Just require a little more time, and patience in lukewarm water to seperate cleanly with no tears or thinning.
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