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About this journal

A place to embrace the horror (restoration), and learn a little something about the process, while staying true to conservation ethics and comics' importance as historical ephemera. After posting a couple threads about restoration projects I was pursuing, and getting some good feedback, I thought I'd relocate to here, rather than clutter up the forums. We'll see how it goes. I'm not a restoration evangelist, but rather a hobbyist who enjoys taking a beat but promising book and breathing life back into it. I know restoration generates strong opinions, and I welcome all comers on the topic. My personal philosophy is to not restore a book above a 1.5 (most are actually in the .5 range), nor do conservation on one above a 2. I employ only professional methods that meet CGC "A" grade requirements. I'll be posting pix of some ongoing projects as well as anything else that comes into my head on this topic.

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No restoration needed ('nuff said)

The goal should always be to avoid "restoring" comic books when possible, but the accepted alternative methods for improving their appearance are limited to, basically, dry cleaning. I always keep an eye out for low-grade books with defects that upon closer inspection may be corrected with Absorene pads or putty, vulcanized rubber erasers, Magic Eraser, etc. Looking at a messed up cover, for instance, it's easy to mistake moisture transfers -- which often can be removed -- for color loss, which


Grottu in Restoration