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Replace a Label or Keep with bottle?

May 27, 2020
7
3
SC/NC state line
Hi All:
I have a couple of bottles (1 bottle - 1 ink) that the label has dried and come loose from the bottle. I have the labels (see photo) and can't decide whether to reattach the label, or just keep it with the bottle. If I choose to reattach, any suggestions on what to use and how to reattach? - Thank You !
 

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UncleBruce

BEER DUDE
Aug 22, 2012
984
93
Show Me State (Missouri)
On the bottles such as the ink I have secured labels with just a tiny bit of Rubber Cement and protected it with stretchy saran type plastic wrap and clear tape.
The other bottle is a bit trickier as the area for the label is sunken in. I would secure it with some Rubber Cement. You're going to first have to encourage that label to flatten out. May require a bit of steaming, gently removing the label and placing it between some sheets of wax paper and put in a book for a few days. Then with a lite application of some Rubber Cement to the face of the bottle and then the back of the label (just enough to hold it) you should be able to rearrange the label onto the bottle like a puzzle with decent results.
 

treeguyfred

Well-Known Member
Mar 9, 2013
459
63
Northern N.J.
I do like & agree with the Beer Dude, to a large degree. But! they used either fish glue or horse hoof glue (mucilage) to apply the labels in their day. If you can find some mucilage still viable (I found some old bottles with their rubber slit spreader tops crunchy but the glue inside was still liquid in a box from my Grandfathers desk) you could try it... but sparingly.
Good luck,
~Fred
 

UncleBruce

BEER DUDE
Aug 22, 2012
984
93
Show Me State (Missouri)
I do like & agree with the Beer Dude, to a large degree. But! they used either fish glue or horse hoof glue (mucilage) to apply the labels in their day. If you can find some mucilage still viable (I found some old bottles with their rubber slit spreader tops crunchy but the glue inside was still liquid in a box from my Grandfathers desk) you could try it... but sparingly.
Good luck,
~Fred
The reason I suggest the RUBBER CEMENT is that it can be easily removed and does not stain the label. The label only needs to be kept in place. It's no longer being used in a retail environment so the permanence is not required. I have used the mucilage glues, but they are tricky, messy and I personally haven't the good results using that.
 
May 27, 2020
7
3
SC/NC state line
On the bottles such as the ink I have secured labels with just a tiny bit of Rubber Cement and protected it with stretchy saran type plastic wrap and clear tape.
The other bottle is a bit trickier as the area for the label is sunken in. I would secure it with some Rubber Cement. You're going to first have to encourage that label to flatten out. May require a bit of steaming, gently removing the label and placing it between some sheets of wax paper and put in a book for a few days. Then with a lite application of some Rubber Cement to the face of the bottle and then the back of the label (just enough to hold it) you should be able to rearrange the label onto the bottle like a puzzle with decent results.
Thank you, this helps.
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

Well-Known Member
Jan 11, 2020
2,301
113
New Jersey
The reason I suggest the RUBBER CEMENT is that it can be easily removed and does not stain the label. The label only needs to be kept in place. It's no longer being used in a retail environment so the permanence is not required. I have used the mucilage glues, but they are tricky, messy and I personally haven't the good results using that.
That is the trick with repairing antiques. The repair should not be stronger than the item. So it can be redone again when the repair becomes discolored. If the adhesive is too strong it will remove a bit of the antique which is not good. Just my 2 cents.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

Well-Known Member
Jan 11, 2020
2,301
113
New Jersey
I do like & agree with the Beer Dude, to a large degree. But! they used either fish glue or horse hoof glue (mucilage) to apply the labels in their day. If you can find some mucilage still viable (I found some old bottles with their rubber slit spreader tops crunchy but the glue inside was still liquid in a box from my Grandfathers desk) you could try it... but sparingly.
Good luck,
~Fred
Wow! Talk about a shelf life!
ROBBYBOBBY64.
 

UncleBruce

BEER DUDE
Aug 22, 2012
984
93
Show Me State (Missouri)
Hi All:
I have a couple of bottles (1 bottle - 1 ink) that the label has dried and come loose from the bottle. I have the labels (see photo) and can't decide whether to reattach the label, or just keep it with the bottle. If I choose to reattach, any suggestions on what to use and how to reattach? - Thank You !
Here is a bottle that I transferred the label. Didn't use any glues as there was a slight touch of sticky when I had steamed it off. It is held in place with that and the plastic wrap.
repair.jpg
 

K6TIM

Active Member
Jan 14, 2021
26
3
Hi All:
I have a couple of bottles (1 bottle - 1 ink) that the label has dried and come loose from the bottle. I have the labels (see photo) and can't decide whether to reattach the label, or just keep it with the bottle. If I choose to reattach, any suggestions on what to use and how to reattach? - Thank You !
Hi new England digger,
It ok to reattach the label use a
 

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