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cornerpost
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21 Sep 2016
09:19:39am
Hi,

Short of soaking the gum off, does anyone have a method for stopping Czech stamps sticking to album pages, stockbooks, themselves, each other (or stamps from any other country they come in contact with) and, I suspect, even the dog if he stood still long enough.

I live in the UK, not especially humid. No other country's stamps have the problem anywhere near as bad. I love engraved stamps and the Czech's have some beauties (and some not so great, before anybody points that out). I know many are, whisper it do, CTO, but I can't say that I'm one who gets too worked up about that (apologies to those of you who wouldn't even let the phrase CTO pass your lips).

Thanks for any tips. It seems a shame to soak them, but that's the best I can come up with.

Merv
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21 Sep 2016
09:50:05am
re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

See this post:

https://stamporama.com/discboard/disc_main.php?action=20&id=15709#117992

If the stamps are stuck, you're going to have to soak them. You can put them in mounts (not the tubular type) that way the gum doesn't touch the paper pages. If you use hinges, make sure that you do not put too much moisture on the hinge, and that after the stamp is attached to the album page you lift up the stamp and swipe (with your finger) any moisture that may have seeped onto the album page.

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21 Sep 2016
02:25:10pm
re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

Use mounts. Alternatively use a stock book, soak them or risk them sticking to the page. I don't know there are any other sensible alternatives.

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21 Sep 2016
03:35:56pm
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Thanks Michael and Hungary. Don't use stock books - they stick to them as I know to my cost. So it's mounts or soak.
Merv

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21 Sep 2016
05:42:28pm
re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

Merv, I'm considering soaking all stamps that go into my album, including the CTOs. Someone made that suggestion a while back--I don't remember who. That is, as a general rule, soak and press all new acquisitions to remove old hinges, paper, etc.

Obviously, I collect used. For the occasional mint stamp that serves as a placeholder, or for the stamps that are just plain hard to find used, I'll have to decide whether to soak them too. Surprise "Yikes!" I hear the SOR community cry...

-Steve

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21 Sep 2016
10:54:30pm
re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

Soak em, stamps valued at a low catalogue value, does it really matter? Does a 20 cent catalogue stamp that much more valuable with gum than a stamp with no gum? a 2 cent stamp vs a 3 cent stamp? Soak em, and hinge them, I hate curled up gummed stamps. I also like Czech stamps and soak all of my CTO Czechs, even if the soak reduces the value from 2 cents to 1 cent. CTO is really not that bad of a word for some countries.Angel

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22 Sep 2016
03:42:27pm
re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

Hi Everyone;

All my stamps reside in my spare bedroom. The humidity in there is almost never higher than 70%. As soon as the heating season is over, around April, the air-conditioner goes on 24/7.

It is a very high efficiency air-conditioner, using a screw compressor and extremely quiet. Older piston types are inefficient and noisy. Further, piston types should not be left on during severe weather. This is because if lightning causes your AC power to flicker on-off-on very quickly, this can damage a older unit if the piston compressor happens to be running.

I also use a hygrometer for monitoring humidity 24/7, and keep my eye on it on a daily basis. It is one on those cheap paper/metal helical types. The paper is impregnated with a type of salt, that likes to absorb moisture. When the paper absorbs water it swells up and expands causing the metal coil to unwind. the pointer is attached to the end of the metal coil, and moves up-scale towards the high humidity area. Altho these are not any more accurate than +/- 10% they are perfectly good enough for this use. I use two different brands and compare their readings. This helps to ensure that they were properly calibrated, are functioning correctly, and fairly accurate.

Most of the time my stamp room is at 40%-50% humidity. I have always stored my Scott specialty albums vertically in a bookcase, squeezed in with no room to spare. My Scott Internationals are stacked on their sides three high, and I've never had a single stamp stuck down. Happy

If you do not know what the humidity is in your stamp room, you will end up with stuck down stamps no matter how you store them. Sad Storing vertically in a humid environment is not going to work at all. Storing by any method, in an area where you are not monitoring the moisture is just foolish. Thumbs Down

I'm sorry for getting so technical and geeky on you all....just thought you should know tho. Thinking

Just stampin'....
TuskenRaider

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21 Sep 2016
09:19:39am

Hi,

Short of soaking the gum off, does anyone have a method for stopping Czech stamps sticking to album pages, stockbooks, themselves, each other (or stamps from any other country they come in contact with) and, I suspect, even the dog if he stood still long enough.

I live in the UK, not especially humid. No other country's stamps have the problem anywhere near as bad. I love engraved stamps and the Czech's have some beauties (and some not so great, before anybody points that out). I know many are, whisper it do, CTO, but I can't say that I'm one who gets too worked up about that (apologies to those of you who wouldn't even let the phrase CTO pass your lips).

Thanks for any tips. It seems a shame to soak them, but that's the best I can come up with.

Merv

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21 Sep 2016
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re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

See this post:

https://stamporama.com/discboard/disc_main.php?action=20&id=15709#117992

If the stamps are stuck, you're going to have to soak them. You can put them in mounts (not the tubular type) that way the gum doesn't touch the paper pages. If you use hinges, make sure that you do not put too much moisture on the hinge, and that after the stamp is attached to the album page you lift up the stamp and swipe (with your finger) any moisture that may have seeped onto the album page.

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21 Sep 2016
02:25:10pm

re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

Use mounts. Alternatively use a stock book, soak them or risk them sticking to the page. I don't know there are any other sensible alternatives.

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21 Sep 2016
03:35:56pm

re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

Thanks Michael and Hungary. Don't use stock books - they stick to them as I know to my cost. So it's mounts or soak.
Merv

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21 Sep 2016
05:42:28pm

re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

Merv, I'm considering soaking all stamps that go into my album, including the CTOs. Someone made that suggestion a while back--I don't remember who. That is, as a general rule, soak and press all new acquisitions to remove old hinges, paper, etc.

Obviously, I collect used. For the occasional mint stamp that serves as a placeholder, or for the stamps that are just plain hard to find used, I'll have to decide whether to soak them too. Surprise "Yikes!" I hear the SOR community cry...

-Steve

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21 Sep 2016
10:54:30pm

re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

Soak em, stamps valued at a low catalogue value, does it really matter? Does a 20 cent catalogue stamp that much more valuable with gum than a stamp with no gum? a 2 cent stamp vs a 3 cent stamp? Soak em, and hinge them, I hate curled up gummed stamps. I also like Czech stamps and soak all of my CTO Czechs, even if the soak reduces the value from 2 cents to 1 cent. CTO is really not that bad of a word for some countries.Angel

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TuskenRaider

22 Sep 2016
03:42:27pm

re: Stopping Czeckoslovakian stamps sticking to albums etc

Hi Everyone;

All my stamps reside in my spare bedroom. The humidity in there is almost never higher than 70%. As soon as the heating season is over, around April, the air-conditioner goes on 24/7.

It is a very high efficiency air-conditioner, using a screw compressor and extremely quiet. Older piston types are inefficient and noisy. Further, piston types should not be left on during severe weather. This is because if lightning causes your AC power to flicker on-off-on very quickly, this can damage a older unit if the piston compressor happens to be running.

I also use a hygrometer for monitoring humidity 24/7, and keep my eye on it on a daily basis. It is one on those cheap paper/metal helical types. The paper is impregnated with a type of salt, that likes to absorb moisture. When the paper absorbs water it swells up and expands causing the metal coil to unwind. the pointer is attached to the end of the metal coil, and moves up-scale towards the high humidity area. Altho these are not any more accurate than +/- 10% they are perfectly good enough for this use. I use two different brands and compare their readings. This helps to ensure that they were properly calibrated, are functioning correctly, and fairly accurate.

Most of the time my stamp room is at 40%-50% humidity. I have always stored my Scott specialty albums vertically in a bookcase, squeezed in with no room to spare. My Scott Internationals are stacked on their sides three high, and I've never had a single stamp stuck down. Happy

If you do not know what the humidity is in your stamp room, you will end up with stuck down stamps no matter how you store them. Sad Storing vertically in a humid environment is not going to work at all. Storing by any method, in an area where you are not monitoring the moisture is just foolish. Thumbs Down

I'm sorry for getting so technical and geeky on you all....just thought you should know tho. Thinking

Just stampin'....
TuskenRaider

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