Cleaning Negatives

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Rah Q5, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Rah Q5

    Rah Q5 Guest

    How would one do this? What would be best to do this? Thanks for any
    input.

    I had saved lots of family photos in trunks and today found them all wet
    and moldy looking.

    Being in envelopes, the negatives still have paper stuck on them. Is it
    advisable to put them in water to "wash" them off?

    Needless to say, all the photos are ruined. So my last attempt to do any
    saving would be to clean those negatives and see if I can somehow still
    be able to print those pictures. Thanks!
     
    Rah Q5, Apr 18, 2012
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  2. Rah Q5

    dadiOH Guest

    They were put in water when processed, doing so again won't hurt them. It
    *will* make the emulsion very soft however so handle carefully, rubbing
    gently with your thumb. To dry, hang by the corner after a brief dip in
    new, clean water which has had a bit of wetting agent added to it...either
    an agent made for the purpose or a couple of drops of clear, liquid dish
    washing detergent.

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  3. Rah Q5

    binman Guest

    You might want to do some further research. I looked into doing this a
    few years ago and was a bit put off. I've some 35mm slides and the
    mould has 'eaten' into the emulsion, so no amount of washing will
    remove that.

    You might want to use wetting agent when washing (http://
    www.ilfordphoto.com/products/product.asp?n=44), basically it's a kind
    of soap. I've seen some people suggest washing-up liquid - I think
    that would be too harsh.

    Rob
     
    binman, Apr 18, 2012
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  4. Rah Q5

    GMAN Guest

    Will this work for cleaning slides of slight mold spots?. they look like small
    snowflake shaped spots
     
    GMAN, Apr 18, 2012
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  5. Rah Q5

    dadiOH Guest

    It has been too long since I processed positive film to say for sure but at
    least some color materials rely on residual chemistry to prevent color
    deterioration. I would try naptha (lighter fluid) on a Q-Tip.

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    dadiOH, Apr 19, 2012
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