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Old 08-11-2001, 12:10 PM
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I should have been more clear. The photo gets submerged. After removing the photo from the glass, it should be dipped in a product such as Kodak Photo-Flo, then hung to dry. This is a product that lessens the tension of the water on the print, and allows it to dry spot free. Just a quick dip is all it takes, then you could use a photo squeege (very carefully) on it to get most of the liquid off before drying. There are some photographic papers that will curl badly when drying. These need to be sandwiched in a drying pad, specific for the purpose. Any decent size camera store should have the items, or at least tell you where you can get them.

I also should have told you that when you try to peel the photo from the glass, do it *very* slowly. If it sticks too much, don't force it, and give it more time in the water. I have soaked photos for two or three days before being successful. Occasionally, there will be a print that will not release, but most of them will.

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Old 08-11-2001, 12:14 PM
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I just realized what I said. If you use the drying mat, do not hang it. Let it sit flat on a table. It won't hurt the print if you leave it there for quite a while, but after a couple of hours it might be dry enough. You have to check.

Resin coated photo paper will dry quickly without using a mat, and it will not curl badly.

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Old 08-11-2001, 02:22 PM
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Wow sounds more complicated then I think I would want to do on someone elses photo. Is there some place that I would take it if I got one like that?

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Old 08-11-2001, 02:26 PM
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Hi DJ,

If I get those bugs you want me to send em' on to you...lol?

Just a thought on the pictures stuck to the glass, I've had a couple of those and just scanned them in as is glass and all...they turned out okay.

I just didn't want to be the person to do any kind of damage to a picture...let the owner do the damage and then come to me to fix it.

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Old 08-11-2001, 03:09 PM
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It's really a pretty simple process, but if you are afraid to do it, you could always try to scan it as Chris suggested, or you might be able to copy it.

The drying mat and the wetting solution (Photo-Flo) are relatively inexpensive. One small bottle of the solution will probably last you a lifetime if that's all you use it for, and the mat will last too. You might pick it up when you are in the area, to try on your own photos that are not too valuable (just to ease your mind). If you give it a try, I think you'll discover it's really not that bad at all. You just need to be very careful with the emulsion sticking. If you can find a professional photo processing lab in your area, they *might* be willing to do it for you. You'd have to ask. Either way, you would probably do well to have the customer sign a waiver for possible damage.

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Old 08-11-2001, 04:16 PM
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To Ed and Chris,

Excellent advise from both of you. Never scanned with glass covering but would be willing to try. Thanks

Keep the bugs Chris, I'm in south Florida and believe me we have more than enough already!!! LOL

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Old 08-23-2001, 01:56 PM
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I've been watching this thread with baited breath (and then I took a mint) and I'm dying to know what ever became of that older photo?

Thanks all to such wonderful advice, I never would have imagined alot of the techniques imagined. I might have to take some of my old family photos (and a few photos I don't care about anyway) and experiment with them.


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