from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In bookbinding, same as paste-wash.
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When the paste-water is dry, the leather should be washed with size.
Porous leather, such as calf or sheep skin, will need to be washed over with paste-water, and then sized.
For the less porous leathers, such as morocco, seal, or pig skin, no paste-water or size is necessary, unless the skin happens to be a specially open one, or the cover has been cut from the flank or belly.