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Old 07-25-2004, 11:11 PM
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Posted By: Separating Card From Cardboard

I'm officially taking suggestions as to the best way to begin separating these cards from each other and the backing they're glued to. I have seen lighter fluid remove a wax stain and have heard that T206 cards will dry fine after being soaked in water. Any suggestions?




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Old 07-25-2004, 11:13 PM
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Thanks for any assistance.

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Old 07-26-2004, 12:56 AM
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Posted By: bcornell

Paul-

It's worth going back to retrieve a post of Scott Forrest's on this subject: http://www.network54.com/Forum/message?forumid=153652&messageid=1013098098. There have been others about removing cards from scrapbooks, but this one is definitive.

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Old 07-26-2004, 11:26 AM
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The backs of the t206's are much "sturdier" than t205's - for whatever reason, it's easier to lose a few letters when rubbing residue off the back of a t205, but the fronts appear to hold up equally well.

I have heard a few people say that they can tell if a t206 has been soaked - loss of gloss, etc. - but I have never been able to see any evidence...perhaps they soaked too long?

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Old 07-26-2004, 05:45 PM
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Use this information at your own risk.

First, NEVER soak a card in tap water. Tap water contains various chemicals that could leave residue. The prefered method is to soak the card(s) in luke warm deionized water. This could get costly however, as I have found that deionized water is only available via medical supply companies (around $25 per gallon). The next best thing is to use distilled water - available cheap at your local grocery. Wear protective gloves while manipulating cards during the entire process. Soak until glue begins to disolve and the scrapbook paper begins to separate. Gently peel the scrapbook paper away, a small amount at a time, stopping when/if the glue hasn't dissolved fully. After successfully removing the scrap book paper the card(s) will still have glue residue. Place the separated cards immediately into a separate clean water solution. Allow to soak again (5-10 minutes). Gently rub the glue residue off the card while still submerged. When you are reasonably certain that the glue is all gone, place the card(s) between 2 sheets of WHITE linen paper. This paper is available at your local OfficeMax etc, and is reasonably inexpensive. The linen paper is better suited to draw moisture away from your card(s). Place the sandwiched card(s) in the center of a large hard backed book. Then place weight (10-15 lbs) on top of the book. Allow the card(s) to dry approximately 1 hour, then replace the damp paper with new dry paper. Repeat as needed a couple of times then let the card(s) dry in the book overnight.

This process also works for scotch tape as well.

Some inks may be water soluble and damage may occur to the card while soaking. Most cards, however, will not be harmed during this process. If I were you, I'd experiment on the severely damaged card as a safety precaution.

Hope this helps.

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but i would leave it as it is. cool display piece.

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be willing to purchase for a fair price.

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I bought it for the express purpose of trying my hand at pulling the cards apart as carefully as possible and then keeping the three I need for my collection while selling the remainding cards back on ebay. So, keeping it intact is not really an option for me, and I'm not really interested in selling it either -- heck, I just bought it.

Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm very excited about trying out some experiments on the less fortunate cards on the board, working my way up to the Chance, Griffith and Huggins cards.

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Posted By: runscott

I haven't soaked any EX-MT or better cards, so tap-water is fine...but I live in Georgia - perhaps tap-water in other areas of the US is really nasty.

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the less drinkable the tap water is. In San Diego, I wpouldn't let a '88 Fleer near it.

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