Sizing FAQs:

Q: Is sizing used in papermaking and textile manufacturing to change the absorption and wear characteristics of those materials?

A: Yes.

Q: Was sizing more needed in writing than in printing papers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is sizing used for oil-based surface preparation for gilding?

A: Yes, It is used by painters and artists to prepare paper and textile surfaces for some art techniques.

Q: Is sizing a term used for any substance which is applied to a surface before gilding in order to ensure adhesion of the thin gold leaf to the substrate?

A: Yes.

Q: Is sizing used during paper manufacture to reduce the paper's tendency when dry to absorb liquid?

A: Yes, and with the goal of allowing inks and paints to remain on the surface of the paper and to dry there, rather than be absorbed into the paper.

Q: Is sizing rabbit skin glue diluted and heated in water , and boiled linseed oil?

A: Yes, modern materials include polyvinyl acetate.

Q: Is sizing intended to make paper more suitable for printing?

A: Yes, and it also makes printing paper less durable and poses a problem for preservation of printed documents.

Q: Is sizing applied to almost all papers and especially to all those that are machine made?

A: Yes, while surface sizing is added for the highest grade bond, ledger, and writing papers.

Q: Was sizing accomplished by a worker holding a number of sheets by the aid of two wooden sticks?

A: Yes, and dipping the paper into the warm gelatinous liquid.