-Glue Stick: Not a hot glue stick, get the thick pasty stuff (the kind some kids ate in kindergarten) that comes in a twist-up tube. Rubber cement is also an option, but tends to be messy and you will undoubtedly get some on your hands, possibly transferring it to the front of the album cover and defeating our purpose here.
-Card Stock: Thin, but sturdy works exceptionally well. You will be using very small pieces at a time, so no need to keep a ton of it on hand (unless you're a super-obsessed record seller/collector like me!) You can even cut up the old greeting cards that Grandma gave you to re-use and recycle.
-Set of Sharpies: A small, rainbow colored pack is sufficient. Black, Blue and Red are the most common colors you will need.
Say you want to repair a complete or partial seam that has come unglued--not split--we will get to that kind of repair next. This is super easy; take your glue stick and run it along the glue line on the inner flap which has come apart. Hint: sometimes it's easier to GENTLY pull apart the rest of the seam so you can re-glue the entire seam for an even repair. DO NOT rip the seam apart. If the glue is failing, it will come up easily. Remember to keep your glue stick in the middle of the flap so you don't glue the insides together, as this will cause your cover to become too small for the record to slip into.
Press firmly and evenly along the outside of the cover where you have just re-glued. For best results, place the repaired seam between a stack of heavy books, or in between a stack of records and leave overnight if possible. This will give the glue plenty of time to set and create a strong bond on the seam. That's it!
Seam splits are very common on older, or well-loved record covers, but do not have to be left to increase in size and get worse. They will most commonly appear on the spine and bottom seams. This is where you will use your card stock. Of course, if you can, match the card stock to the color of the album cover. Not essential, but certainly ideal. You can also color the card stock to match with one of your sharpies. (clever, eh?)
Cut the card stock at least one inch longer than the seam split. For example; for a two inch long seam split, cut card stock to be three inches long and at least one inch tall. Card stock can be taller than one inch, but if it's too tall, it will be more likely to 'catch' on the inner sleeve when you slip the record (within its inner sleeve, please) back into the cover. Fold card stock exactly in half to create a new 'seam' and cover the entire outside with glue stick.
Now carefully place the card stock piece inside the record cover where the seam has split and press evenly, again making sure not to glue the insides together. Again, press between books or records or other heavy objects and leave overnight if possible. Don't worry about the exposed glue edge that has become your replacement seam, it will dry clear and you can touch it up with ink or a sharpie if needed.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT: After your covers have been repaired and the glue has dried completely, cover them with poly outer sleeves to protect your handiwork and prevent further damage.
Now if I only knew how to repair split and broken records, THAT would be something! Anyone got any ideas?? I encourage anyone with related blogs and websites to contact me, and let's share links. Networking is what it's all about, so bring it on!