“Peel and stick” are very bad words in the world of books. We know these as adhesive labels or sheets to correct errors made by editors and publishers. I haven’t seen one in a while, but this time I found two old sheets as replacement pages in the book Turbidite-Hosted Gold Deposits, GAC Special paper 32, 1986. This book came to me after a recent mini-water disaster of roughly 1,000 books here in the Parks Library. The book survived the water disaster very well; however, its old adhesive pages had not.
There were two “replacement pages” in large sheets that had been inserted as corrective pages for errata, and over time the adhesive had stained other pages, come apart in some areas, and also was very sticky in other areas. The old “Fasson Crack’n Peel Plus” was failing in several areas.
To remedy this, I will remove the two adhesive sheets, photocopy the pages onto acid free paper, and tip them in. I cannot remove the yellow stains on the other pages but can scrape and clean away any remaining sticky residue. The peel and stick correction seems to be a good idea but in reality is not.