Restoring An Old Book Cover

by Michelle
(Seattle, WA)

When rebuilding or restoring a vintage book cover, would you recommend using Mod Podge to protect the outer cover and spine?

I may have seen this method in one of your videos, but can't find it.

Thanks!

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Aug 13, 2017
Spray Sealer
by: Debbie-Anne

Hi Michelle,

I'm not a fan of that brand to seal with, whether it's the wet, brush-on type or their spray version. It will yellow in a short time and can leave a sticky finish. My preference for protecting old book covers is archival sealer spray, the kind that artists use to protect their paintings. You'll find various brands in the art supply stores. I don't have a preferred brand at this time but Krylon has a good one.

Also, I only sometimes seal the really old cloth covers to preserve the colour and prevent further fraying on the corners. The more modern hardcovers that have a bit of gloss to them don't tend to need it.

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