Re: Removing adhesive from installed artifacts


Mineral spirits are unlikely to do much, but you can try. If it’s wax, a thin flexible spatula slid underneath should work. I would hope that by the 1990’s no one in museums was using adhesives to stick down collection material, but I may be overly optimistic! Neither bone nor ceramics should be bothered by solvents, unless the bone was impregnated or coated with a resin. If it isn’t wax, the next most likely thing is something like Duco cement. If that’s it, a few drops from an eye dropper should at least start to dissolve it after a few minutes. If there’s a lot of adhesive, you can wet a cotton ball with the solvent, shove it up against the adhesive, and put aluminum foil around it so the solvent can do its work.