Sep 29View SourceMy late wife was a very senior archivist and quite familiar with materials preservation. The kind of restoration you are talking about is very expensive, and really suited only to materials that are unique. It involves immediate freezing and storage in climate-controlled areas until trained technicians can deal with it. Normally, the cost of preservation would far exceed the cost of replacement where replacement is an option.Sadly, there is no do-it-yourself package for Gerry's library.
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Sorry to hear about your damage.Some internet research may reveal information on the recovery of documents and books after the great flood in Florence, Italy in 1966. I was in Italy that year and helped many others move silt-laden irreplaceable ancient books from the flooded basement of the Italian National Library to army trucks for transport to a safer place. As a result, a great deal of research and restoration technique was developed to save the damaged materials from loss and I'm sure that research is available. Most of the material was eventually rescued, as I recall.Larry
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Subject: Re: [NWNG-Sn3Group] Help with flooded models - pleaseGerry: Dry the books with a towel page by page and finish drying them with a steam iron. Put a fan on them also. The plastic car kits just seperate the parts and dry with a towel. The instruction sheets dry with a steam iron and set aside with the parts.Let the brass air dry. The motors will need several days to air dry. Then apply a light coating of oil to the gears and moving parts and axels. The boxes and foam are a loss try saving the lables. If the books show signs of mold, find some X-14 cleaner to kill the mold. You may have to go on line to find it.I hope this helpsPaulFrom: Gerry Cole <usairman737@...>
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Subject: [NWNG-Sn3Group] Help with flooded models - pleaseSorry, hit send by mistake - very tense and overworked right now, trying to save what we can....I have a large collection of Sn3 and On2 brass locomotives and rolling stock, from P-B-L to Overland and others. With the exception of painted P-B-L Goose and RGS flanger, all are unpainted. All were submersed in water to varying degrees in the recent Colorado flood. We had over 5 feet of water in our basement where the models were stored in cardboard boxes. There was enough current and turbulence in the torrent that everything was in a big heap on the floor - with the mud. Books, models, kits and everything.Opening the first of them this morning, I find them very wet, but with clear water (thanks heavens, no mud so far). Other than drying them out (which is difficult as we have no furnace and therefore no warm air), what should I do to best preserve and protect the models? The boxes are water-logged, the foam is saturated with water, and some of the steel items like screws are showing signs of rust. I haven't taken anything apart to look inside - afraid of what I will find drive-train wise.Should I spray with WD-40, immerse in mold deterrent to prevent damage, etc. etc.?With great hope,Gerry ColeLongmont, CO