How do I best clean moldy slides for scanning?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Eric Stevens, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    Having dug deeper into my archives I have recovered two boxes of 35mm
    slides. Some are mounted in glass but the majority are in plain
    cardboard mounts. All are affected by mold in one form or another. My
    question is how best can I remove the mold to enable them to be
    scanned?

    The slides are valuable, containing shots of such things as the
    rear-engined Lotus 18 raced by Stirling Moss, the Aston Martin single
    seater raced by Reg parnell based on the DB3, the last front-engined
    single-seat Dino Ferrari built for the 'Intercontinental Formula'
    wearing the then unknown Dunlop prototyp D9 wet weather racing tires
    etc. I can't afford to bodge this lot. What should I do to remove the
    mold?



    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Jun 10, 2010
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  2. Is the mold restricted to the mounts alone? If so, I'd be /inclined/ to
    remove the mounts, perhaps by soaking in tepid water, trial with some
    throwaways first.
     
    John McWilliams, Jun 10, 2010
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  3. Eric Stevens

    Walter Banks Guest

    This popped up with some suggestions

    http://sites.google.com/site/slidescanningpros/mold-removal

    http://static.photo.net/attachments/bboard/007/007tlK-17401484.pdf

    Bottom line in several posts is the mold make the emulsion water soluble

    w..
     
    Walter Banks, Jun 10, 2010
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  4. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    Wow! That's great! Its better than anything I have been able to turn
    up.

    The New Zealand agent for PEC 12 turns out to only a short distance
    away. I also have a very good freezer. Let's see where we go with
    those. It looks as though I have a long haul ahead of me.

    Very many thanks.



    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Jun 10, 2010
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