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Richmond
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20 Aug 2017
07:10:08pm
Can anyone advise on the usefulness of drying books and any recommendations?

I have seen several types for sale in Australia

Trockenbuch AUD 19.95 - 10 Sheets
Lighthouse AUD 31.50 10 Plus Interleves -
Desert AUD 35.00 - leaves not quoted

In addition if books were the answer what is their shelf life?

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Ningpo
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20 Aug 2017
07:41:28pm
re: Stamp Drying Books

I use a Desert drying book which is very old now (the spiral hinge is now slowly degrading). I'm not aware of being able to buy (additional ?) interleaves for this make. Each blotting page is interleaved with a glossy page, to which the gum side is laid. There's maybe 16 leaves in total.

These to my my mind are now very expensive, but there seems to be little option. However, this particular make seems to be favoured by the majority of collectors.

The pages will tend to buckle with use, but this can be limited if you don't load over-soaked stamps onto the pages. The drying will still work even with the buckling. I would recommend though, placing a heavyish object on the drying book to help keep the buckling to a minimum.

Be careful if and when you buy one, as the Desert version comes in two sizes, which may mislead you into thinking you've found a bargain. You should opt for the A4 size.

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d1stamper
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20 Aug 2017
08:05:01pm
re: Stamp Drying Books

Yes I like the stamp drying book. I am using one that I received about 20+ years ago. The make I have is Apak. Same design as Ningpo mentioned above. This has a soft cover and spiral bound.

What I do is lay the wet stamps face down on a towel and when they are almost dry, I put them in the drying book and place a heavy weight on the book. I will remove them in a day or two and the stamps are completely flat.

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Kolvir
21 Aug 2017
06:06:25am
re: Stamp Drying Books

I have two Desert books over twenty years old. The only problem I have had with them was when I left stamps in it for a few weeks. All sorts of colorful mold had broken out. This was when I was living in a basement, however. I take the stamps out after a day or two now.

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snowy12
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21 Aug 2017
06:37:16am

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I used Desert Magic II A4 ,My first one (I am on my second) went mouldy I think it was because I closed it up while the stamps were still quite wet.
Now I fill a page and pad it dry with a cloth to remove excess water,this one is lasting a lot longer.
Brian

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purrfin2
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21 Aug 2017
06:44:13am
re: Stamp Drying Books

One tip I have heard is that after you remove the stamps let the book stand upright with the pages fluffed, or separated for drying for a couple of days. That will help with the mold and warped pages.

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Richmond
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21 Aug 2017
07:06:19am
re: Stamp Drying Books

Snowy

Did you purchase it from Renniks or perhaps Glen Stephens?

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d1stamper
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21 Aug 2017
10:32:32am
re: Stamp Drying Books

Putting wet stamps in a drying book can lead to mold.

I always lay the wet stamps on a towel until they are almost dry, then place them in the drying book with a weight on top.

The stamps come out flat and I do not get any mold.

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joshtanski
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26 Aug 2017
04:59:55pm
re: Stamp Drying Books

I use and really like the larger Desert Magic books (the ones I buy in the USA have 6 glossy pages). Before putting into the books - I put the stamps down on paper towels, then put another paper towel on top to blot, then transfer the stamps off the towels into the book. I have no problems with mold, the pages do start to get wavy if they are not regularly used - but I live in Western New York state where we only have high humidity for a few months over the summer.

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TuskenRaider
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26 Aug 2017
06:34:47pm
re: Stamp Drying Books

Hi Everyone;

@ Richmond;

Thanks for asking this question. I would probably not have known to ask this one. I've had not so much luck with the Desert Magic books, and I realize the rest of the members have it figured out, how to use them more effectively.

@ Ningpo, d1stamper, snowy12, purrfin2, joshtanski;

Thanks to you all, I now know what I was doing wrong. All of your tips make perfect sense, and now I think I'll actually enjoy this task, rather than putting it off or regretting it.

Just sortin'....
TuskenRaider

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musicman
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26 Aug 2017
09:42:59pm
re: Stamp Drying Books

I have 10 Desert Magic drying books - have used them for many years.

However, like d1stamper mentioned, its best to blot them dry somewhat before placing them in the drying book.

With this method I have never had a problem with mold.






Randy

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rjan
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26 Aug 2017
10:09:40pm
re: Stamp Drying Books

Years ago I used some books, Desert Magic was the brand I think. They served a purpose but lacked the ability to handle large projects. There was too much insertion and removal which lead to warped pages and some sticking. Nothing beats plain newspaper. It is highly absorbent and readily available for whatever space you have to lay out. If an issue arises with some residual adherence it readily soaks off. The drying books always looked nice but had no net added value to my opinion.

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malcolm197
30 Aug 2017
06:36:50am
re: Stamp Drying Books

I have soaked thousands of stamps and have never used a drying book in my life !

What I did do was a buy a job lot of blotting paper some 20 years ago ( which I am still using ).

I split stamps to be soaked into suitable batches based on their soakability characteristics,and to dry them, use grotty blotting paper to rid them of excess water then place them into a folded sheet of clean blotting paper to superficially remove most of the water. If traces of gum remain return them to the water for a second session. Do not leave the stamps in the folded blotting paper for more than a few seconds.Place them between 2 sheets of unprinted clean paper ( copy paper is ideal ). Each "sandwich" is placed between 2 A4 size magazines and stacked up with a couple of heavy stamp catalogues on top. Leave for 2 or 3 days. Lo and behold hundreds of pristine clean used stamps free from folds,creases or curls. The grotty blotting paper is not in sontact with the stamps for long enough to tranfer any of the gunge, and once the clean blotting paper starts to discolour this is relegated to the grotty, by which time the original grotty is so evil that it is only fit for the bin ! Really stubborn glue can be removed by GENTLY drawing dampened blotting paper across the back of the stamp and immediately discarding it.

While I have had the odd soaking disaster usually caused by trying to remove the paper from the stamp before it has soaked sufficiently I have never lost a single stamp once I have succeeded in removing the paper.

Malcolm

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