retr0brite not so right?
aek at bitsavers.org
Thu Jul 29 13:03:27 CDT 2010
On 7/29/10 9:47 AM, Richard wrote:
> In article<4C51A9D3.9030808 at bitsavers.org>,
> Al Kossow<aek at bitsavers.org> writes:
>> On 7/29/10 6:47 AM, Richard wrote:
>>>> From a museum curator point of view, would they consider retr0brite
>>> restorative or a mdofication?
>> Absolutely not.
> So what do curators do about this sort of thing?
> Do they just let it yellow?
Traditionally conservators, not curators, do this sort of work on artifacts.
Museum practice is to minimize any changes to the condition, since any alteration
will change it's usefulness to future researchers.
For the classic example, Google "Napoleon's Buttons"
Normal cleaning is limited to distilled water and non-corrosive soaps.
This is also the reason artifacts are handled with gloves. We have several pieces
in the collection that have fingerprints permanently etched into the metal from
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