Tengu Gummed - Invisible Paper Repair Tape

Tengu gummed water activated paper repair tissue for conservation quality, acid-free repairs to paper, rare documents, artworks, books and more.

Hand crafted and coated exclusively for PEL in Japan from 100% Japanese Kozo, it is incredibly strong, lightweight and ideal for almost invisible repairs. Tengu gummed tape is the thinnest gummed acid free repair tape available in the world.

The adhesive coating is a conservation grade pH neutral tapioca starch for a secure, long-lasting, age resistant repair.

  • Convenient 15mm width
  • 5gsm Japanese Kozo tissue coated with conservation grade starch adhesive
  • Will not yellow or stain with age
  • Completely acid-free
  • Tape application kits (includes one roll of tape) with all required materials available in 'accessories to fit' below.

Watch the video guide on how to apply the tape (click on the thumbnail image to view). A text guide is available in the 'Specification' tab below.


A complete application kit (682-35KIT) is available in 'Accessories to fit' below, containing; 1 x Tengu Gummed Tape Roll - , 1 x Dry Cleaning Sponge - 961-1002, 1 x Waterbrush, 1 x Curved Tweezers, 1 x Bone folder, 10 x A5 Blotting Paper Sheets, 10 x A5 Bondina (30gsm) Sheets, 1 x Step by step instruction sheet.
As the procedure involves use of water, make sure that all media is not fugitive on wetting, such as iron gall ink. Please consult a conservator if you are in any doubt. See full range of Japanese paper here

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Gummed 5gsm Tengu Tape 15mm x 1000mm
P682-350GUM 682-350GUM
Pack Size: Roll Price: £4.50 ex VAT Due in Stock
Gummed 5gsm Tengu Tape 15mm x 1000mm 10 Pk
P682-3511 682-3511
Pack Size: 10 Rolls Price: £33.00 ex VAT In Stock
Accessories to fit
Tape Application Kit - For Tengu Gummed, Repair and Hinging Tapes
P682-35KIT 682-35KIT
Pack Size: Each Price: £19.95 ex VAT In Stock

How to repair tears in paper using Tengu Gummed

Materials needed:

Tengu Gummed tissue roll, non-woven polyester, knife or water pen, conservator’s sponge or small flat brush, blotting paper, bone folder and weight

As the procedure involves use of water, make sure that all media is not fugitive on wetting, such as iron gall ink. Please consult a conservator if you are in any doubt.

  1. Lay a sheet of blotting paper over the worktop. On top of the blotting paper, place a sheet of non-woven polyester material (such as Bondina) as an isolation layer.
  2. Place the item to be repaired on top of the two sheets.
  3. Cut the required amount of Tengu Gummed tissue.
  4. Tengu Gummed repair tissue can be cut to shape using a knife or create a feathered edge using a water pen for a more discreet edge to the repair.
  5. Shorten the width of the repair tissue if it is too wide.
  6. Once the repair tissue is cut to size, place it with the adhesive side facing up, onto a sheet of polyester.
  7. To reactivate the pre-coated adhesive on the repair tissue, a small amount of water is required. Dampen a conservation sponge or a small flat brush though ensure against excessive moisture.
  8. Carefully lift the repair tissue with tweezers and place it onto the area to be repaired.
  9. Place a piece of non-woven polyester over the repair and lightly burnish with a bone folder for adhesion.
  10. Carefully lift the polyester and ensure complete adhesion.
  11. Place the polyester then blotting paper over the repair site.
  12. Place a weight onto the blotting paper and leave to dry.

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