Comic Book Gloss Restoration
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Besides gentle cleaning of the front and back of a comic, are there other ways to restore the gloss of a dull looking book ? 

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Reglossing is an old school restoration method that is not reversible.    Enjoy your flat colored comics.   I wouldn’t worry about shining them up 

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I've seen a few re-glossed books over the years...most of the time, they look pretty nasty. I wouldn't recommend it...

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I have one ga that was reglossed and since it’s a major key I give it a pass.  If prices accordingly it’s just another thing that happens to some old books 

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With most comics gloss is not something that was ever applied. It is an inherent part of the paper making process. A hard clay called kaolin is mixed with the paper slurry. As the paper sheets are formed they are passed through highly polished rollers which serves to "polish" the kaolin clay, This process is called "calendaring" the paper. The hard surface allow inks to sit on top of the paper with minimal bleed, even on cheap comic book cover stock, producing a better quality image. But reglossing is a misconception as gloss was never applied in the first place.

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