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Removing stuck photos from Magnetic Albums

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Old 02-06-2002, 06:44 PM
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Magnetic Albums

has anybody got suggestions for removing stuck photos from those horrible "Magnetic" albums without damaging the photos? It Seems over time the sticky surface has bonded with the photos and making them difficult to remove. Cutting around the photo and leving them on the backing is not an option as there is information on the back of the photos which the client wishes to recover. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-06-2002, 08:29 PM
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Hi Sandra,

I think it might work if you used a hair dryer on the photos. Just don't get it very hot so as not to damage the photo itself. A gentle warming should work. To get the sticky stuff off the other side, you might try putting a *small* amount of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel. As always, test a corner before commiting to the whole photo. Wait a few minutes to be certain that the emulsion does not show any damage. Only use alcohol if necessary. Rubbing gently should do the trick. No guarantees on anything.

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Old 02-06-2002, 08:59 PM
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Here are some tips that might help (though I have no idea what a "chiseler" is).

I've also seen 15 seconds in a microwave mentioned as an alternative to a hairdryer (make sure there's nothing metal). Oddly, I also read about wrapping up the entire album and putting it in the freezer for a few days (hey, I just do websearches, I don't write this stuff).

For tons more links, try here
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Old 02-06-2002, 09:39 PM
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Thanks guys, I know you would know what to do.
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Old 02-06-2002, 09:50 PM
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Thanks from me too, that is a question I have been wanting to ask!
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Old 02-06-2002, 11:59 PM
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Sanda:

Make sure you report back what you tried and how it worked out.

Jill:

So, why didn't you ask?
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Old 02-07-2002, 02:56 AM
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Your right Doug
I gave the hair dryer tip a try with an old page of my own and was pleased at how well the picture peeled off so nicely...it was from a sticky striped plastic topped page....will be using this trick again, even had the writing on the back! (I kept the plastic film in front of pic while warming.
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Old 02-07-2002, 11:19 PM
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I tried the hair dryer tip combined with the dental floss and was able to remove all 30 photographs without doing any damage. I was tempted to try putting them in the freezer but the hair dryer worked so I didn't get that far. Now I can get to work and scan them and select the ones for the collage. Then save the whole collection to CD for the customer.
Thanks for the great tips.
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Old 02-08-2002, 12:04 AM
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Did they have any sticky stuff still on them? Light Impressions had some stuff that's safe to use to get rid of sticky stuff.
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Old 02-08-2002, 01:18 AM
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not bad at all for me....this time!....will check out light impressions
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