I know there is another thread discussing the removal of these much hated stamps, but without pictures, its hard to visualize the process. Since I was removing a few stamps this morning, I decided to take some pics and explain the process.
*A flat surface, either desk or table *Can of Pure Citrus *Newspaper to cover your work area *Plastic scraper (you can use a putty knife or metal ruler also) *Stamp Tongs *Black Folgers Coffee Lid *Paper Towels *Stamps on Paper
With the stamp tongs, start at a corner and slide tongs under stamp without bending stamp. The tongs will slide very easily under the whole stamp. If you have to pry the stamp off, respray the back of the stamp again.
This a picture of the stamps, drying on a clean sheet of copy paper. The stamps will dry within minutes. I normally will keep them on the paper for a few hours before placing them in my album or stock sheets.
Once you get the hang of it, the process will go pretty quickly. I tend to wait until I have 20-25 stamps before I do this. Also, I try not to accumulate to many stamps, because if you try to do a couple of hundred of stamps at one sitting, it becomes a chore...
If done correctly, there is no reason to apply talc powder or plastic paper to the back of the stamp. If the stamp is still sticky after drying, respray with Pure Citrus, wipe again with paper towel and let dry.
Post by mourningdoves on Oct 21, 2016 12:31:44 GMT -5
I have one question, and it's rather ominous. Is there any evidence - for or against - of long-term effects? Pure Citrus isn't archival-rated, and I don't know if its use might lead to any discoloration, even if it isn't immediately apparent.
I'm probably being a bit paranoid because a supposedly benign hinge-lifting compound left a permanent "coffee stain" on an unused Bulgarian stamp a few days ago. (I guess it's permanent, anyway; it hasn't faded out yet.) I'm not making a direct comparison between hinge-lifting fluid and Pure Citrus, or between non-water-soluble adhesive and whatever Bulgarians were using for adhesive in 1963, but it certainly wasn't the result I expected.
No Pure Citrus here, so may, at some point try on "common" stamps with something similar - what is Pure Citrus marketed as?
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I have been using Pure Citrus for nearly 8 years now. I just opened my US album, and looked for any discoloration, especially on the light color or white stamps. I cannot see any discoloration of any of my stamps at all.
But I do have one problem and thats partly my fault. When I first started to use Pure Citrus, I watched a video explaining how to do it. In the video, it explained once the stamp was removed from the paper, to let it dry. Once it was dried, apply a talc powder on the back of the stamp, so that the powder would stick to the glue. I probably did that for a couple of years until I started to remove all the glue from the stamp, by scrapping it off.
So you asking yourself what is the problem. The problem is that on the stamps that I have applied the powder, the powder has broken down and let the glue become exposed. Now some of those stamps are sticking to the pages in the album. I have tried to removed a couple of them, but with little success. For now, they will stay. Let my kids worry about it or whoever receives my collection, once I am gone....
As for as Pure Citrus being archival, I doubt it. The way I look at it, I rather take that risk than to see a bunch of stamps in my album with paper surrounding the stamp. I have read many articles recommending to mount your self adhesive stamps with closely cut paper around them. Thats not for me.
I have been using Pure Citrus for nearly 8 years now.
Thank you for that. Eight years should indeed be enough to discern long-term effects. Though I'm not a chemist, I find it hard to imagine that Pure Citrus would lie dormant for that long and then start damaging paper.
I had no idea that the Pure Citrus Cure has been around for that long. I've done very little self-adhesive removal, and what I have done has been with Bestine, a solvent whose main use is by artists who need to remove stray paint from canvases. Bestine is effective, but its texture and aroma are vile, and it can be unsafe when used in a poorly ventilated area.
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