Req : Help With 35mm Slides

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Hoaxy, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. Hoaxy

    Hoaxy Guest

    Good morning,

    I need to clean some 35mm slides before I transfer them onto a PC via a

    Can anyone let me know the best thing to clean them with first?

    Kind Regards

    Hoaxy, Jan 2, 2008
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    Tim Streater Guest

    What sort of not-clean are they suffering from? Dirt? Finger marks?
    Tim Streater, Jan 2, 2008
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    monopix Guest

    I've been looking myself for something to clean old negs with. The options
    seem to be:

    1. Wash them, dip them in photo-flo and let them dry (note, I've seen
    warnings about washing old negs as the emulsion may lift off due to it
    2. Use isopropyl alchohol, or one of the cleaners that contain it (it needs
    to be at least 95% pure - apparantly)
    3. Use Pec-12 (this may also be isopropyl alchohol based but I've not been
    able to find out)

    Isopropyl alchohol will removed most greasy types marks and grime but not
    water based marks - for that you would have to wash them I guess.

    Whatever you do, test it on a slide you can afford to lose first.

    I'd be interested to know the results you get.
    monopix, Jan 6, 2008
  4. Hoaxy

    Hoaxy Guest

    Hi Tim,

    Its just grime from when they have been stored. Some of them are over
    40 yrs old....

    I didn't know what to use to save 100's of hrs slaving in software :)

    Hoaxy, Jan 7, 2008
  5. Hoaxy

    Hoaxy Guest

    Many thanks for this, i'll certainly give it a go.

    Most of the mess is just storage grime I think, but i'll try on a
    losable one first...

    Hoaxy, Jan 7, 2008
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    Tim Streater Guest

    I took some to an E6 lab where they unmounted it, and ran it through the
    bleach and rinse phase, and remounted it. Got rid of the mould!

    Unfortunately this was just a test and since then they've changed their
    machine, isn't so simple to do any more.
    Tim Streater, Jan 7, 2008

  7. You can get a bottle of ASPEC, the best film cleaner ever made, for
    £6.99 plus £1.95 postage from:

    It is very effective and completely safe. I use it all the time
    before scanning slides.

    If you are likely to need a lot of it, it is worth buying more now as
    it is a clearance item at 7dayshop.
    The Good Doctor, Jan 7, 2008
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    monopix Guest


    "asPEC" sounds very much like PEC-12 - could it be the same thing from a
    different source? I'm still looking for information on the active ingredient
    of PEC-12 (and now ASPEC as well).

    Is there anything on your bottle of ASPEC that describes the ingredients?
    monopix, Jan 7, 2008
  9. Hoaxy

    Mark Dunn Guest

    I think he means
    Mark Dunn, Jan 8, 2008
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