is it possible to water proof a book so as to be able read in the rain?

I am wondering if it is possible to water proof a book so that it can be read out in the rain or mayhaps the shower. I thinking some sort of chemical bath of some sorts.also i might add that shoulden't harm the book in any which way or direction.

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beebeeate7 months ago

If it's a book that's already been printed & bound, there's not much you could do besides putting it in a case or bag that's waterproof. Trying to make each page waterproof would result in pages sticking together, no matter what method you try, unless you wait the complete dry time before turning the page, and most methods have some pretty long dry times, some 24 to 48 hours even. And you'd have to do that for every page, so your average novel might take you over 200 days to waterproof.

Plus, with something like a hard bound or even paperback book, you wouldn't be able to coat down into the spaces where the books are sewn or glued together. So you could make it slightly more water resistant, but if you tried to open it in pouring rain, water would still be able to get into the binding of book and eventually it'd still fall apart.

If it's a book you want to print, there are a couple of options. As other people have mentioned, you could print it on plastic, you'd just have to make sure that the ink on the page is waterproof too. But that would require a special printer, since your average kinkos can't print on plastic (laser printers burn ink to page, so it would melt the plastic and gum up the whole machine if you tried), and your home inkjet printer's ink will eventually smear and rub off when wet. So you'd have to go to a specialty printer, and that can get expensive.

You can print on <a href='http://www.staples.com/Apollo-Audio-Visual-Transparency-Film-for-Laser-Printers-Clear/product_829903'>this stuff</a> in a laser printer, though, which would be waterproof. But it's also transparent, so that isn't very practical for a normal book format.

What you can try, though, is to make your own spiral bound book and waterproof each page before assembling. Laminating is surefire, but would take a long time to do, plus if you punch holes in the laminate for the binding, water can seep in through those holes. (You could still plan for it, though, and punch the paper with larger holes before laminating, then punch holes in the SEALED laminate where the holes in the page are.)

You could try any of the coating methods mentioned here, but I'd do a couple of test pages before committing to any of them for the entire book. I'd also recommend that you do any of your cutting and hole punching before applying any sealant, that way it can coat all the edges of the paper and you won't get water seeping in the edges.

I'm interested in trying a couple of these methods myself, so I might come back and make my own instructable with pics later.

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Ian016 years ago
This probably doesn't solve your problem but it's interesting. I have a book called Cradle to Cradle. It's about designing things to be easy to recycle and whatnot. Anyway, it practices what it preaches. It's printed on plastic (DuraBook technology) to make recycling easier, and a side effect of that is that it's completely waterproof. So if you're printing a new book, maybe you could print it on plastic.
lemonie6 years ago

Crate a candle very fine, sprinkle it evenly between the pages and put it in the lowest oven you can (sub 100oC) for a couple of hours.

iceng lemonie6 years ago
Did you ever make a wax electret ?
lemonie iceng6 years ago
What stops the pages sticking together ?

Not too much wax, I'm about to try it right now with Amateur Winemaker Recipes (C J J Berry)

orksecurity6 years ago
Print it on Tyvec. That's the solution used by people making waterproof maps for hikers.

I can't think of anything you could soak the book in that would both work and avoid turning the book into a solid brick.
The ink should not be water soluble.
rickharris6 years ago
Spray with a tent waterproof agent - fabsil in the UK.