Groundnut shells were processed into a handmade gasket paper by employing the basic operations in papermaking. Kaolin was used as filler in the paper and at loading level of 20% by weight in the paper. Other chemical additives used in making the paper are defoamer; polyethylene glycol, dry strength additive; cationic starch, and retention and drainage aids; cationic starch. Each of the chemical additives was used at 0.05% to 0.25% by weight of the furnish. Five different composition paper samples of 41cm by 33.5cm were made and the papers made were compared with BonTex 247M paper by testing the compressibility, resistance to oil penetration and heat resistance of each paper. Sample V paper was found to be the best handmade paper among the five samples. The total production cost of the 41cm by 33.5cm paper is five hundred and twenty four naira and eighty five kobo.
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