Restoring old leather and bellows

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  1. Paddy

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    I just came across some potentially useful information on the Photographic Historical Society of Canada's website. http://www.phsc.ca/

    For restoring leather coverings and bellows, and to remove mould from an old camera, TALAS Leather Dressing is recommended. http://www.talas-nyc.com/ "This inexpensive mixture of lanolin and Neat’s Foot Oil is used by libraries as a leather dressing for book covers (any necessary applications of dye or glue should be done before applying the dressing)."

    "Potassium lactate (also listed on the Talas web-site under ’chemicals & deacidification’) is used as a leather protection and means to neutralize mould and mildew. Using potassium lactate on bellows may dissolve leather glues. The British Library prefers potassium citrate instead (British Museum leather dressing formula)"