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does anyone have any tips on cleaning film? I managed to spill red wine over film. After dunking it in water and leaving it to dry unfotunately it stuck to the the kitchen towel it was drying on. What I have is a pattern of dried fibres which resist wiping off with water. The only film cleaner I have, ASPEC, is for non-water based marks.The only other thing i can think of is to leave it to soak for a while. Anyone got practical experience of cleaning film in processing labs?

-- Nigel Craig (, October 31, 2000


Nigel, you went from worse to really, really bad... just kidding (I couldn't resisted, sorry). There is a solution. Take the roll and run it through your developer, wash, fix and wash again. It will not hurt the film, just process it like you would normally. This swells the emulsion enough to detach anything. In the past when I was doing B/W lab work, if there were any sniglets on the film, this is what we did and about 100% of the time the negs cleared perfectly. Scott

-- Scott Walton (, October 31, 2000.

I suspect that a long soak would accomplish the same thing -- swelling the emulsion. Then give it at least five minutes worth of up & down shaking to agitate the fibres off of the film.

-- Brian C. Miller (, November 01, 2000.

Thanks for the responnse, Scott and Brian. Actually I cheated a bit as in this case the film was a colour (!!) transparency so I'll hold back on more E6, but I'll try a long soak and agitation

-- Nigel Craig (, November 01, 2000.

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