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How to Remove Rubber Cement from Scrapbook Photos

Rubber cement is easy to use but contains acid that can be harmful to pictures. Remove rubber cement and replace it with acid-free glue for your scrapbook photos.


  • Step 1: Copy your pictures Have your pictures color copied and reprinted before attempting to remove the rubber cement, in case removing it causes damage.
  • TIP: Scan the photos at home to have a digital back-up.
  • Step 2: Rub Rub your finger in a circular motion over the rubber cement until it rolls up into a ball.
  • Step 3: Peel off Peel the glue off and discard.
  • Step 4: Apply adhesive remover Apply an adhesive remover to loosen the rubber cement, if necessary. Use a spatula to gently separate the rubber cement from the photos.
  • Step 5: Store Store the photos or re-glue them into another scrapbook. Enjoy preserving your memories.
  • FACT: In 1826, the first permanent photograph was made using a sliding wooden box camera made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris.

You Will Need

  • Adhesive remover
  • Spatula
  • Optional: (optional)
  • Scanner (optional)

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