Moleskine Spine Fix

Sean Gerety has a Moleskine Spine fix that uses Friction tape:



"I’ve got an ailing Moleskine that is suffering from the fraying of the spine…I was looking around for a fix for the spine that would work.  Something the same color that would blend and flex as needed.  I was looking for a black cloth tape like a medical tape, however the closest I could find was 3M Brand friction tape.  It’s a good strong fabric, not plastic, tape that flexes and bends…"

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3 thoughts on “Moleskine Spine Fix

  1. From the article: “I’ll let you know how well this worked. I used SuperGlue. I’m not sure if there is a better glue for this.”

    The author is clear about his lack of knowledge, which is something I respect. I must add that superglue (aka cyanoacryale) is a terrible glue to use for this… along with any other rigid drying or penetrating glue. If you are serious about the repair, you can use PVA glue, and if you know you’re not going to be repairing it repeatedly, a (thin!) coat of white glue (aka Elmer’s classic) will do the job nicely.

    You want something that will flex and hold, and preferably something that can be removed in a later repair. PVA glue can be found at most craft stores, and most people probably have white glue in a cabinet or drawer somewhere in the house. I’ve also used hide glue to great effect, and wheat paste for period (aka authentic) medieval bindings.

    I have no idea about the tape, and my only reservation would be that some tape had adhesive backing that dries out to a brittle, dusty texture and falls off in a few years. Again, different people have different needs, and a few years of fix may be plenty.

    The rise of commerce on the internet and the recent popularity of scrapbooking has made available he bookbinding supplies that used to be difficult to find, either mail order or often as close as the nearest fabric and crafts store.

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