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    Hello! This is my first post, as I've just embarked on scanning and touching up a big box of old family photos!

    One photo has a particularly gross chunky blob of I don't even know what on it.
    I've already scanned the print, and while I could just crop out the gunk I'd like to see if it can be removed with some gentle cleaning.

    The print is from the 60s and is on thick matte finish paper with a backing that feels like plastic. There are a few tears and a fold which has cracked the image layer.

    My first thought is to soak it for a short while in cold distilled water and see if it loosens the gunk. (I know that soaking for too long might damage the print.) Is this a good idea? A bad idea? I'd appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks so much!
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  • #2
    If it's water-soluble, some damp Qtips should work better than endangering the entire print. If it's not water-soluble all the soaking in the world won't help. You can also try alcohol, but gently.
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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply, I haven't done anything yet so I'll try your suggestion.


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