How to remove shellac(?) from a banknote

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by hotwheelsearl, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I have quite a lovely 1935 Canadian Bank of Commerce $10. Unfortunately it has what I believe is shellac or some other sort of organic adhesive on the back.

    I believe this is worth upwards of $100, so definitely worth a conservation effort.

    What are my options to remove the adhesive without damaging the paper or the ink?

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  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    It is certainly not something I would try to do myself. I would send it in for conservation if they say they believe they could remove it. I've heard of individuals that have used a Q-tip with a light amount of acetone, but like I said, I wouldn't try it myself.
  4. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Well-Known Member

    Looks like the remnants of a rubber band, perhaps it was in a wad.
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  5. James Shields

    James Shields Active Member

  6. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    I wouldn't use GooGone! laughhard.gif
  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Don't use a Goof Off. That stuff will probably remove the original government ink on the bill.

    I would not attempt anything like this myself. I would make inquiries from professionals for this type of restoration.
  8. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the advice!

    Since the residue does not seem to be causing long-lasting impacts, I might just leave it on for now. I'm not sure if paying for a conservation is worth the investment, considering the relatively low value of the note.

    I might try using mild mechanical means to remove the bulk of it, and then just leave it alone from there.
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