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    Default HOW TO: Care for Your Dust Jackets

    This may be a weird question, but here goes. Is there a way to clean a glossy dust jacket that has these spots. I'm not sure what the spots are from, perhaps dirt or somesuch. I'm sure you guys will know what I'm talking about. I just bought a book that has a dark dust jacket and its beauty is ruined by these rather numerous spots all over. Rubbing it with a napkin and my shirt did not produce much of a result. What to do?


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    That is tough without knowing the stain. If the DJ is glossy, you can try to clean with a barely damp cloth. Most soil and oils would come out that way. If it is a grease type substance, a tiny amount of liquid dish soap on the cloth will help.
    Prior to trying any of these on the DJ itself, experiment on a DJ that is similar (glossy etc) that if damaged won't be a problem-not only can you figure out what cleanser might damage a DJ, but you can also get an idea how hard you can rub before damage occurs.
    How valuable is the DJ? If it and the book are only worth a few bucks you have nothing to lose. If it's a 1st edition 1st printing Gunslinger trade DJ I would ponder and research longer before jumping right in with mineral spirits etc.
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    It's these spots that to me look sort of like scuff marks. The jacket isn't new, and so I'm looking for a way to "polish" it.

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    If they are scuff marks, they are likely to remain. A dustjacket in my experience can not be polished. A Dj is just glossy paper, not paint covered metal.

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    This stuff is great on spots and scuff marks!



    No, no, I'm only kidding. Sorry.

    Unfortunately I think you're stuck with the scuff marks, but adding a nice Brodart jacket cover might make them less noticeable to the casual observer.
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    Patrick beat me to the brodart dust jacket suggestion...


    but, yeah, scuff marks cannot be "buffed out"
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    Actually, I spent the last hour or two looking up book restoration and paper conservation. There are in fact ways to remove them, but I wouldn't reccomend trying it yourself if the books are of a high value. I'd suggest contacting someone who does paper conservation professionally. I did send emails out to a couple places to see if I got any suggestions.
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    Here's a link with some book cleaning products. One might be up your alley

    http://www.shopbrodart.com/site_page...ook_repair.htm

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    i agrey with Pablo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    Actually, I spent the last hour or two looking up book restoration and paper conservation. There are in fact ways to remove them, but I wouldn't reccomend trying it yourself if the books are of a high value. I'd suggest contacting someone who does paper conservation professionally. I did send emails out to a couple places to see if I got any suggestions.
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    Last edited by Patrick; 11-02-2007 at 09:39 PM. Reason: my mistake.
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    This may help with my inquiry. The dust jacket scuff marks or whatever they may be look a lot like this:



    So, again, the DJ is glossy and it feels like they could be scrubbed out with something. I just don't want to attempt anything epic and ruin the DJ unless I know it's doable.
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    I like the phrase "epic" used that way.

    For me, I would be too afraid of ruining it to touch it with anything
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    This thread was buried in the Corner. I've renamed it and moved it into Tutorials for future reference and discussion.
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    any suggestions on how to improve on the typical chipping and scuffing on the gunslinger dust jacket? I have several copies and they are in broadart, but I wonder if there is a reasonable price restorationist who could touch these up and improve their eye appeal. I would hate to ruin these dj with a poor repair from an inexperienced restorationist

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    I would guess that at this time, an experienced restorations person and I doubt any are familiar with this DJ) would cost more than than the DJ itself. Just guessing but one could spend ~$200-$500 for an expert restoration, and probably could find a mint jacket for <$500. In addition minor-very minor chipping still leaves an old DJ in "Fine" condition.

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    YEah, thats what I was afraid of, but I never actually tried to get someone to look at it so i wasnt sure. Thanks

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    Default Dust jacket and slipcase?

    I have a question about dust jackets. If a book has a slipcase, would you need to put a Mylar book cover on the dust jacket? Or would that be overkill?
    I have a couple of slipcased books and I am worried about the dust jackets.

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    I don't hesitate to put a Mylar cover on a book that's in a slipcase unless it causes the book to fit too tightly into the slipcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    This may help with my inquiry. The dust jacket scuff marks or whatever they may be look a lot like this:



    So, again, the DJ is glossy and it feels like they could be scrubbed out with something. I just don't want to attempt anything epic and ruin the DJ unless I know it's doable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    This may help with my inquiry. The dust jacket scuff marks or whatever they may be look a lot like this:



    So, again, the DJ is glossy and it feels like they could be scrubbed out with something. I just don't want to attempt anything epic and ruin the DJ unless I know it's doable.
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    I have a question about dust jackets. I bought some new ones from Grant Books (rolled in a tube so never folded) and now I'm too paranoid to put them on because I'm afraid I'll mess them up (folding crookedly, etc). Does anyone have any tips for me? I didn't see another how-to with this topic so if there is one out there a link would be appreciated. One thing that peeves me is a jacket that is not aligned along the spine so the lettering it off center so this is something that I really want to get right.
    Thanks!

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    I'm assuming you already have the DJ in a Brodart or similar mylar cover.

    I find it easiest to line up the spine first.
    Wrap it around the book, but not around the front and back covers. This will allow you to adjust the placement on the spine and to square it up along the bottom or top edge of the cover boards. It's easiest for me to do this with the book laying on the table to help keep the jacket in place.

    One you have it positioned correctly, loosely wrap the jacket around the front cover. You don't want to actually fold it yet, in case you placement is off.
    Close the cover and adjust the cover to it isn't fitting too loosely and then pinch the jacket around the front board to start folding it.
    I usually do that a few times to get a good fit without putting a hard crease in the DJ.

    Once you are done with that, flip the book over and repeat for the back cover. Since the front cover is already folded on, this will allow you to adjust the back cover to remove any extra slack in the cover, which will make it fit nicely.


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    Thanks Scoogs. I have Brodarts but haven't put them on. I presume I would fit the jacket then put it in the Brodart, right. Or would you put it in the protector first then fit it to the book?

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    I find it easier to put the Brodart on first.
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