Slide cleaning advice please

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Bill McMillan, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Hello,

    Recently I've started scanning some of my old slides, and I've noticed that
    some of them are quite dirty. What is the best and safest way to clean
    them? I think Edwal makes a cleaning solution - does anyone know exactly
    what it's called?


    - Bill McMillan
    Bill McMillan, Feb 24, 2006
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  2. PEC-12, made by Photographic Solutions, is what I use. Works for any
    non water-based gunk on the slide.

    For water-based gunk, use water, preferably with a drop of wetting

    - Al.
    Al Denelsbeck, Feb 24, 2006
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  3. Bill McMillan

    Tony Guest

    I'll second Al on the PEC - works a lot better than Edwal Cleaning
    Solution (which I believe is the actual name on the product).
    Tony, Feb 24, 2006
  4. It's called "Anti-Stat Film Cleaner" on the front of the bottle. And
    the back. Model #CCFC 1204, it says on the back.

    The other, more popular here I think, more modern choice is PEC-12
    from Photographic Solution.

    Neither will work on water-based gunk, which turns out to be what most
    of the gunk on my old film is. I haven't yet dared try spot cleaning
    with distilled water -- another respondent mentioned that, do you have
    specific advice and procedures?

    The key point with contact cleaning methods is the thing that actually
    makes contact. PEC-pads, also from Photographic Solutions, are the
    canonical modern answer. And remember they can pick up sharp dirt
    *from the slide they're cleaning*; ideally use a different surface for
    each contact.

    Are they actually dirty, in a stuck-on sense, or just dusty? An
    anti-static brush and/or Beseler DustGun are a good start for loose
    dust, and much safer.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Feb 24, 2006
  5. Thank you to all who responded. I will try to find some PEC-12 and
    PEC-pads. Most of the dirt on the slides appears to be just dust, although
    on the old slides, it won't entirely just blow or brush off, so I'll need to
    wash it off with water or PEC-12. In some cases there are fingerprints,
    which I'm sure will require PEC-12.

    Thanks for your help.

    - Bill
    Bill McMillan, Feb 25, 2006
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