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Rohan  Henarathgoda
 

Cleaning Negatives


Hi Jim,

I need to know how clean colour negatives carefully, most of my old nagatives been rusted (not discoloured). Please let me know how to clean and what is the best method to store negatives.

Regards,

Rohan


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3/26/2002 1:34:48 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Hi Rohan,

That's a tough one - it really depends upon how bad the "rust damage" is. I remember using a substance called "Banana juice" years ago (maybe someone else knows the proper name?) but we only used it in small amounts.

See the other question and answer thread going on about cleaning lenses with blowers - using such a blower might be a good first step. Again it depends upon how bad things look.

At the very least, I would recommend taking a sample into a pro photo lab. No one will be able to really tell you what to do without seeing an example of the damage.


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3/26/2002 2:32:00 PM

 
Rohan  Henarathgoda   Hi Jim,

Thank you for the advice, I'll check it out with a lab. By the way what is the recomended method to store negatives.

Regards,


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4/1/2002 12:51:25 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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  I simply prefer to store all my negatives in 8 x 10, three hole plastic pages (e.g. Clearfile or Printfile) and place these into three-ring binders. This just makes it easier for me to organize my negatives - much easier than digging through boxes of paper envelopes. But to each his own.

Also - store in a cool, dry place, of course.


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4/3/2002 2:10:21 AM

 
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