Ugh, sounds awful. Have you thought about asking about your tape
dilemma on a conservation list like ConsDistList
You might also check the CoOL archives
<http://cool.conservation-us.org/> or equivalent sites in other
countries. It sounds like you've got the kind of mixed environmental
contamination problem(s) frequently faced by conservators of various
stripes. Reminds me of the map that was eventually retrieved, covered
with oil and solvents, from the bottom of an elevator shaft at a very
famous library in NYC.
On 3/27/19 12:29 AM, Tim Gillett wrote:
> I've been given a few acetate 7" 1/4" tapes which by the smell of them (as a child I used to oil my cricket bat with it) appear to have linseed oil on them, to varying degrees and probably there for many years. The oil has dried to a glue. Sand has adhered to the tapes in spots. The tapes have been stored in cardboard boxes which are partially soaked in the oil as if having sat flat in a shallow puddle of oil.
> General (non tape) instructions I found online mentioned removing linseed oil with acetone and ethanol as solvents. I applied some acetone to a short, blank section of tape and the tape was dissolved almost instantly. Does anyone have experience with this problem?
> Tim Gillett
> Western Australia
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