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Comic Book Pressing
DOES THIS BOOK NEED
TO BE PRESSED?
The first question you
should ask is: Does this book need to be pressed?
Signs the book would benefit from a press or dry cleaning:
Non-breaking color creases
Light bends on front cover or back
Wrinkled front and back covers
Production line spine bends
Preparation for a comic book convention
for a signing
Using a third party presser prior
to using a grading service for a signature series
Dirt, oils, light staining
DEFECTS AND WRITING
Dry cleaning and heat-pressing comic books improves
the overall look and feel of a book. It is not divine
intervention. Things pressing will not fix:
Ink, ballpoint pen, crayon, marker,
Missing pages, pieces, tears
Deep indentations that travel through
then entire book on every page
Tape (Do not press books with stickers,
tape, tattoo inserts, digital codes)
Crease lines with missing ink (color
If your book has a spine roll to it, you should consider
spine realignment as well. Adjusting the spine of
a comic book can be risky. Other damage may occur
from staple movement or spine chipping if the book
WHAT DOES PRESSING NOT FIX?
Color breaking creases on covers. Loose or missing
staples. Loose or missing pieces or pages. Staple
indentations. Moisture stains. Color or ink breaking
spine ticks. Scratches. Scratches on black covers.
Books folded in half. Ballpoint pen ink. Marker ink.
Date stamps. Library stamps. Deep indentions along
front spine. Blunted corners. I am not a miracle worker.
Please consider these conditions prior to submitting
a book for pressing.
IS "PRESSING" CONSIDERED "RESTORATION"
TO GRADING COMPANIES?
No. Pressing is a non-invasive method of restoring
the original flatness of a book as if it were just
printed. Heat and steam are used sometimes to restore
spine placement, and helps move creases and fold flaps
back to original placement. No chemicals or inks or
paints or any similar methods are used on any books.
Grading labels will not state "restored"
on the label once a book has been pressed.
Dry pressing and dry cleaning your book does not use
any chemicals or moisture. Only pencil marks and crayon
is safely removed from dry cleaning. The heatpress
machine and the temperature does not lift sharpie
marker or ballpoint pen. Signed or witnessed signature
series books are completely safe from ink being lifted
Cleaning and looking over
the book during inspection can take over a few hours.
Once your book is actually being pressed, it takes
30 min under high heat and an additional 24 hours
or more to cool down using a singular heat/cold exchange
method of pressing by allowing the book to completely
cool back down while still pressed. The process itself
can take 25-27 hours per book. Some books require
pressing to be left over several days and nights while
still inside the comic book press. Spine roll realignments
can take an additional 2 hours or more, depending
on severity of spine condition.
Pressing a book does have
inherent risks. The spine can split. Centerfolds
can become loose from a top or bottom staple (or both).
Cleaning can rub off surface gloss or ink. If a book
is brittle there is risk of chipping and pieces coming
loose or removed completely. You must understand these
risks and make an informed decision before chosing
to have a book pressed. In most cases, the risk is
minimal. These risks are mostly associated with Golden
Age and Silver Age comic books.
Check out the KaptainMyke Comic
Book Pressing Group on Facebook:
Comic Book Pressing Group
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