Comic Book Pressing and Cleaning: A How-To Guide

Comic Book Pressing and Cleaning: A How-To Guide

by Jacob Gadbois

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Overview

Learn how to press and clean comic books professionally or for yourself! There is much speculation in the community as to how and what this process is, and this how-to guide will show you the long-kept secrets of the pros. Gadbois lays out the entire process in a step-by-step easy to read format, materials list, and includes tips, tricks, and a troubleshooting chapter with plenty of full color photographs throughout the book.

Also included is a special chapter on washing, a method that is gaining traction as an un-"restorative" technique that can remove stains, tanning, foxing, and other defects long thought to be impossible without restoration! These techniques can also be used on collectible Baseball cards, Magic, Pokémon Cards, and old documents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578479729
Publisher: Freddymaze Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/14/2019
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 518,520
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

For several years now, Jacob Gadbois has been researching and testing various pressing and cleaning methods. Scouring the internet for information, speaking with professionals, and tuning the craft using the scientific method. His love of the collecting hobby drove him to form the best possible ways to preserve and improve collectible comic books. Jacob is an information sponge and self-taught innovator, previously in life mastering several crafts and skills including residential structural engineering, carpentry, electrical work, and project/program management.

Table of Contents

1 GETTING STARTED

SKIP TO THE FAST PRESS 5

THE PRESSING PROCESS 7

DETECTING RESTORATION 8

PRESSING MATERIALS NEEDED 12

2 HAND TOOLING

HEAVY SMALL INDENTS 18

LOOSE STAPLES 22

MINOR SPINE ROLLS 23

STICKERS AND TAPE 24

TACKING IRON 27

3 DRY CLEANING

STAPLES 32

FOIL AND/OR HEAVY HIGH GLOSS BOOKS 33

GOLDEN AGE BOOKS 34

SILVER AGE BOOKS 37

BRONZE AGE TO MODERN BOOKS 37

RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION REMOVAL 40

4 WASHING

WATER OR 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE? 46

PROTECTING THE BOOK 47

COATING THE ENTIRE COVER 48

SPOT REMOVING FOXING, STAINS, TIDE LINES 50

RINSING 53

5 HUMIDIFICATION

BUILDING A HUMIDITY CHAMBER 56

USING A HUMIDITY CHAMBER 59

CLEANING THE CHAMBER 60

6 BUILDING A BUFFER

PREPARING A BOOK FOR HEAT PRESS 64

SQUARE BOUND/PRESTIGE FORMAT BOOKS 68

INSERTS, DIGITAL CODES, OTHER ODDITIES 74

7 HEAT PRESSING

SETTING UP THE PRESS 76

COLD PRESSING 77

FASTPRESSING 78

MAJOR SPINE ROLLS 79

FINALLY, HEAT PRESSING! 81

PRESS SETTINGS BY ERA AND TYPE 82

8 TROUBLESHOOTING

DID YOU DO THAT? 86

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