Old album correction

#1
I have an old album in good condition except the middle pages got separated from it. I was wondering if there is a safe method to add those pages back to the album without damaging it?

Another question, i have 2 albums from the same collection and i was thinking to cut stickers from one album and paste to the other one since im very close to complete it and its very hard nearly impossible to find those stickers unglued.
Firstly I want to know if its recommended doing so , if yes, what's the best and safest way to do it?
Also looking for recommended videos on this.

Thanks.
 

dantzig

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#2
Answer to first question.

About second question, many people use stickers from other albums, as long as it keeps only the original sticker (no cut out from album).

Once I wrote how to do remove stickers, I've done it with old albums I had and I'm still keeping all the stickers I removed safely stored in pocket sheets... Probably it was still in the old forum :\ Anyway, if you want to give a shot, then use synthetic diluent and spread some into the sticker and on the back too (actualy, it's better to dip that part of the page with the sticker, just enough to be under the liquid)... Wait a few minutes and I think the sticker begins to come out if you peel it gently

The stronger the diluent, the less auto-adhesive power the sticker will have... Something with naphtha might be enough, if the album you want to use was well preserved.

Anyway, it's a tiring work :/ Might as well try first in some expendable album... If you see the sticker is not coming out, don't force it and try to apply some more diluent (use a brush or something similar)... Also, if you take the sticker out, but still has some paper attached, try to scrape it off with a sharp scissor or knife (but very gently, so you don't ruin the sticker), like when you shave your beard :)
 
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#3
Answer to first question.

About second question, many people use stickers from other albums, as long as it keeps only the original sticker (no cut out from album).

Once I wrote how to do remove stickers, I've done it with old albums I had and I'm still keeping all the stickers I removed safely stored in pocket sheets... Probably it was still in the old forum :\ Anyway, if you want to give a shot, then use synthetic diluent and spread some into the sticker and on the back too (actualy, it's better to dip that part of the page with the sticker, just enough to be under the liquid)... Wait a few minutes and I think the sticker begins to come out if you peel it gently

The stronger the diluent, the less auto-adhesive power the sticker will have... Something with naphtha might be enough, if the album you want to use was well preserved.

Anyway, it's a tiring work :/ Might as well try first in some expendable album... If you see the sticker is not coming out, don't force it and try to apply some more diluent (use a brush or something similar)... Also, if you take the sticker out, but still has some paper attached, try to scrape it off with a sharp scissor or knife (but very gently, so you don't ruin the sticker), like when you shave your beard :)
Thanks for the answer.
Can you show me which synthetic dilute do you mean ? or where can i get it online ?
My father told me to try moving the sticker over a hot steam glass, i tried it and it actually worked with one sticker but i stopped after that. I want to try this dilute before continuing.
 

dantzig

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Yep, something hot, but not burning, under the page, will also do the trick... What you want is something to either melt or dissolve only the sticker glue... Of course, the more dry the glue is, the more harder it is to take out the sticker... But if you managed to do it with a hot steam glass, I don't see why you shouldn't keep going ;) The sticker you took still has some auto-adhesive power?

If you still want to try the diluent, I advise you to go to a local drugstore and ask for something synthetic... I know diluent it might be called something else in other countries, it's what you use to dilute paints and such... Anyway, I have a Leroy & Merlin megastore nearby and can easily find one of those.

Btw, a good quality synthetic diluent with naphta also evaporates much slower, so just a small quantity can easily serve to remove many stickers (again, those who are easy to come out, with the glue not so dry).
 
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