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Thread: Hot Melt: Archival or Not?

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    Hot Melt: Archival or Not?


    I've searched for past posts on this issue, but I'm seeking advice about hot melt. I've been using Bostick Thermogrip 6363 for creating archival boxes. Is this necessary? Are there cheaper alternatives? I need to buy more before the fall semester begins and if there's a cheaper product out there that's safe for long-term storage, I'd appreciate knowing.


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    Member JasonO's Avatar
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    You can see this old thread here:

    There's also a list of ODDY tests here:

    Looks like only Jet melt hot glue (3792-G) passed but that was from a very old (2001) test and who knows if the chemical formula of the glue is still the same.

    But, ODDY tests are for a sealed environment like an exhibit case or direct contact with sensitive museum artifacts (as far as I know). I think it's different if you're making a box to go on an open shelf. But, I'm not a conservator! You can try asking on CoOL
    Jason Onerheim
    Collections Associate - Collections Management
    Minnesota Historical Society

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