Thanks Greg, interesting idea to use linseed oil. I guess it would take
some time and it would all need to be in a sealed container to prevent
drying out of the oil. Thanks also for the other discussion list links.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Greg Schmitz" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6:04 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Linseed Oil tape contamination
> You're looking for a solvent that might remove at least some of the dried
> and hardened linseed oil but not destroy the tape base. The first thing
> that comes to mind is linseed oil. Not sure how effective it would be on
> dried oil, but it might be a starting point. I've used oils to remove oil
> based adhesives from lots of surfaces.
> On 3/27/19 1:58 AM, Greg Schmitz wrote:
>> 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.
>> --greg schmitz
>> 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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