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Old 09-19-2006, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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any one know if there is any thing that can save some old photo that got wet and are stuck together... is there any hope of getting them apart?
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Old 09-19-2006, 02:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You might try soaking them in distilled water or a fix bath until they separate. There are others her who night have better ideas.
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Old 09-19-2006, 05:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Steam has sometimes been known to work. You can use a tea kettle, get it to the point where the steam is coming out and then hold the stuck photos in the flow of steam and move them around in it.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If they are truly valuable (i.e., you're willing to pay real $$), contact an art restoration expert, perferably with experience in photographic preservation, and pay them.

Otherwise, try the steaming first. If not successful, the distilled water soak with gentle teasing will separate the papers. However, you will probably find the emulsion softer after it dries than previously. If the photos are kind of valuable (not enough to pay lots, but still...) you could always make some stuck photos to practice on. Wet photos, press 'em together and dry, like in a low oven or under a heat lamp. Keep 'em pressed while drying.

These are just opinions - I separated stuck two papers once. I wetted the back of one of 'em (the exposed paper side), and kept wetting it until I could tease the papers apart. It was slow and tedious. It worked OK, although there was some transfer of fibers onto the contacted emulsion. If they had been emulsion-to-emulsion, it probably would have destroyed both.
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Old 09-20-2006, 09:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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any one know if there is any thing that can save some old photo that got wet and are stuck together... is there any hope of getting them apart?
If you have a professional camera shop nearby, go and purchase a small bottle of PhotoFlo - it's a liquid that's similar to a low viscosity detergent and used to be pretty much standard for getting stuck prints apart without damaging the emuslsion.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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BUT, before you do any of the above, be sure to take a good copy photograph of the stuck print if at all possible. You did not specify what it was stuck to, but many of the "stuck" photos are to a covering glass frame, after many years of hanging/storage.

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Old 09-21-2006, 12:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This happened to me when my house burned . I figured they are already ruined so I just soaked them in clean water until they became unstuck. I didn't mess with them untill they were unstuck. When separated I hung them up to dry and most of them were ok!
There may be a better way, but this worked for me. Some of the photo's were 60 years old some were 1 year old.
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Good call with the photo flo it's also good for cleaning negatives.!
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