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Cleaning a 40 y.o. Polaroid

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:00 AM
austin2k austin2k is offline
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I could use some tips on this one. It looks to be a 5x7 color Polaroid about 40-45 years old.

I've enhanced the dirt on this pass:
http://davidweaver.smugmug.com/photo...0_U6zSP-XL.jpg


http://www.polaroid.com/studio/storage/PDF.pdf

Polaroid suggest cleaning the film off of a print with mild vinegar. Has anyone done this? What do I recoat the image with as the emulsion beneath is very fragile?

For me, too much color information is gone but I could turn it back into a nice sepia image.

I've my share of restoration work but I haven't had to deal with this much dirt and this is my first old Polaroid.

Thanks,
David Weaver
www.weaver.net
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:53 AM
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Re: Cleaning a 40 y.o. Polaroid

could you provide a untouched photo please
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:08 AM
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Re: Cleaning a 40 y.o. Polaroid

Ummm...I added some blue to better show the dirt and damage. It does a better job of showing off the smudge coating.
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