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Re: filmscanners: Cleaning slides

Can I ask members to detail the way they go about cleaning slides. In my own
case, I use an aerosol spray designed for this purpose, then run cold
running water over them and then dry them off by using the aerosol spray
once more. Seems to work OK. Kevin Power.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Arthur Entlich" <artistic@ampsc.com>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 6:45 PM
Subject: Re: filmscanners: Cleaning slides

> The reason I say eeek, is because I was a mouse in a former life, and
> its habit...
> No, really, because you're are playing with the pH of the film.  Ammonia
> is very base (alkaline), and I have no idea how it responds with
> formaldehyde hardener, etc.  I do know that I once was playing with
> household chemicals on some B&W prints and full strength household
> ammonia dissolved the emulsion right off the print.
> Unless I read an authoritative source that says a certain concentration
> of ammonia is safe for film emulsions, you'll excuse me if I run into my
> hole in the wall and shiver ;-)
> Art
> Colin Maddock wrote:
> >> I use cotton bud dipped in a diluted ammonia based household cleaner -
it works wonders on the mould too.
> >>
> >> Colin Maddock
> >
> >
> > Art said:
> >
> >> All I can say is eeek!  stay away from my film!
> >
> >
> > Why do you say "eeek" Art? Needless to say, the above cleaning method
has no adverse effect on the film. In fact it is "squeeky clean". No smears,
no marks, a scan looks perfect. These are old slides that I am talking
> >
> > Colin Maddock
> >


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