flatten negatives?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Jan Philips, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. Jan Philips

    Jan Philips Guest

    I've got some 35mm negatives from 20-25 years ago that I never cut,
    and I rolled and put in film canisters. (I know, I shouldn't have
    done that.) Now they're pretty curled. Is there a good way to
    flatten them out?

    (right now I'm experimenting with rolling one the other way for a
    while.)
     
    Jan Philips, Aug 5, 2003
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    Dick Guest

    Me too. I can only relate my experiences. What I did, about 3 years ago,
    was to cut them into strips of 5, put them in archival sleeved pages and
    stored them flat with a weighted board on them. At present, when removed
    from the sleeves, they still curl, but not severely, and can be handled
    easily for enlarging. Some of us and an instructor at a photo lab tried
    soaking some in photoflo solution and hanging them for a week, however that
    did not seem to do much. It seems to me that reverse curling, unless done
    extremely carefully could lead to scratching.

    Things not to try are ironing, blow torches and bad advice.

    Dick
     
    Dick, Aug 5, 2003
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    photo35744 Guest

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SOAK THE NEGATIVES FOR A FEW MINUTES IN PHOTO FLO
    SOLUTION AND THEN HANG TO DRY WITH A CLIP ON THE END OF THE ROLL,
     
    photo35744, Aug 6, 2003
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    Anthony Guest

    Rewash the negatives and bathe these in Photo Flo. Hang them to dry with a
    weight on the bottom and these should be OK. Stay away from too much
    humidity.Anthony
     
    Anthony, Aug 7, 2003
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  5. Jan Philips

    Jan Philips Guest

    These were developed by a friend for me, so I don't have the
    chemicals.
     
    Jan Philips, Aug 7, 2003
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    RSD99 Guest

    Not a valid excuse ...

    Photo Flo should be available (very inexpensively) from *any* camera store.
     
    RSD99, Aug 7, 2003
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  7. Jan Philips

    Jan Philips Guest

    Fair enough (I have no darkroom experience, except when I was in there
    with the friend). A previous poster said that he tried that for a
    week, and it didn't do much, though.
     
    Jan Philips, Aug 7, 2003
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