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Cleaning Slide Film?
Old 12-20-2004, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have some color slides that have been improperly stored and have collected lots of dust, and maybe finger prints, are there any solutions that can be used to clean them before scanning.
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Old 12-20-2004, 09:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Loose dust can be blown away with air from a squeeze bulb or a can. If the fingerprints are on the film base side - the shiny side, you can polish them GENTLY off with a microfiber cloth, lens tissue, or even a lint-free cotton cloth. "Huff" on them if you wish.

However, if the grime or dust is on the emulsion side, you need to be extremely careful not to scratch it. It is much more fragile than the film base.

FWIW, I've successfully rewashed slides - remove from the mount, soak in distilled water with some nonionic surfactant (Photoflo), rinse a few times with the same, dry carefully, all the while handling ONLY on the edges - but it's a royal pain IMO and doesn't clean off everything.
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Old 12-20-2004, 09:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Kodak made (not sure if it's still available - my bottle is probably 10 years old.. that's how often I use it) a film cleaner that was great for removing the exras that air and light brushing with a static-brush wouldn't remove. Check your local pro photo shop.

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Old 12-20-2004, 10:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Wayne
Now that I know it is possible I'll see if I can locate something.
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Old 12-20-2004, 10:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks
If I can't find any cleaner I'll give that a try.
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Old 12-20-2004, 11:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A can of compresed air, a pkg of Photo Wipes (brand name) and either Edwal or Kodak Anti Static Film Cleaner. Remove the slides from their mounts, one at a time. Use the compressed air to blow off the heavy, solid bits and pieces on each side. The Photo Wipes are a soft, lint free paper towel designed for cleaning negs and slides. Soak part of it with the film cleaner and gently, very gently clean both sides of the slides by wiping them with the wet Photo Wipe. Neer, as in NEVER us a photo wipe dry! They will scratch. The film cleaner with very slight finger pressure will take most anything off, but be careful to blow off the solid particles to prevent scratching. Now remount with plastic mounts.

I've used this system for cleaning negs and chromes for about 25 years and have never scratched any of the film. This will take some time, but it's something that can not be rushed and will do the job.

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Old 12-21-2004, 10:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Doug
I'm still amazed at the generosity of the members on this forum, ask and you shall receive. Lots of advice and options and sure I can find something to work.
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