Why do conservators hate tape? Pressure-sensitive tapes (like Scotch tape, duct tape, masking tape) have aggressive adhesives and bad aging properties. Chemicals in the tape can stain and degrade paper materials over time, and often tape is stronger than the object it is stuck to, causing damage during removal. Rule of thumb: if you want your object to stand the test of time, talk to a conservator about better options for mending, and hold off on a quick-fix with tape.
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Jen Hunt Johnson