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I've got some 35mm negatives from 20-25 years ago that I never cut, and I rolled and put in film canisters. (I know, I shouldn't have done that.) Now they're pretty curled. Is there a good way to flatten them out? (right now I'm experimenting with rolling one the other continued...

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    I've got some 35mm negatives from 20-25 years ago that I never cut,
    and I rolled and put in film canisters. (I know, I shouldn't have
    done that.) Now they're pretty curled. Is there a good way to
    flatten them out?

    (right now I'm experimenting with rolling one the other way for a
    while.)


    Jan Philips Guest

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    Me too. I can only relate my experiences. What I did, about 3 years ago,
    was to cut them into strips of 5, put them in archival sleeved pages and
    stored them flat with a weighted board on them. At present, when removed
    from the sleeves, they still curl, but not severely, and can be handled
    easily for enlarging. Some of us and an instructor at a photo lab tried
    soaking some in photoflo solution and hanging them for a week, however that
    did not seem to do much. It seems to me that reverse curling, unless done
    extremely carefully could lead to scratching.

    Things not to try are ironing, torches and bad advice.


    "Jan Philips" <judmccr@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:d2sviv06b8422crkpodp01hddo3er595iq@4ax.com...
    > I've got some 35mm negatives from 20-25 years ago that I never cut,
    > and I rolled and put in film canisters. (I know, I shouldn't have
    > done that.) Now they're pretty curled. Is there a good way to
    > flatten them out?
    >
    > (right now I'm experimenting with rolling one the other way for a
    > while.)
    >
    >

    Dick Guest

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    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SOAK THE NEGATIVES FOR A FEW MINUTES IN PHOTO FLO
    SOLUTION AND THEN HANG TO DRY WITH A CLIP ON THE END OF THE ROLL,
    "Jan Philips" <judmccr@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:d2sviv06b8422crkpodp01hddo3er595iq@4ax.com...
    > I've got some 35mm negatives from 20-25 years ago that I never cut,
    > and I rolled and put in film canisters. (I know, I shouldn't have
    > done that.) Now they're pretty curled. Is there a good way to
    > flatten them out?
    >
    > (right now I'm experimenting with rolling one the other way for a
    > while.)
    >
    >

    photo35744 Guest

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    Rewash the negatives and bathe these in Photo Flo. Hang them to dry with a
    weight on the bottom and these should be OK. Stay away from too much
    humidity.Anthony
    "Jan Philips" <judmccr@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:d2sviv06b8422crkpodp01hddo3er595iq@4ax.com...
    > I've got some 35mm negatives from 20-25 years ago that I never cut,
    > and I rolled and put in film canisters. (I know, I shouldn't have
    > done that.) Now they're pretty curled. Is there a good way to
    > flatten them out?
    >
    > (right now I'm experimenting with rolling one the other way for a
    > while.)
    >
    >

    Anthony Guest

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    On Wed, 6 Aug 2003 22:14:16 -0600, "Anthony" <nobile@la-tierra.com>
    wrote:
    >Rewash the negatives and bathe these in Photo Flo. Hang them to dry with a
    >weight on the bottom and these should be OK. Stay away from too much
    >humidity.
    These were developed by a friend for me, so I don't have the
    chemicals.


    Jan Philips Guest

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    Not a valid excuse ...

    Photo Flo should be available (very inexpensively) from *any* camera store.







    "Jan Philips" <judmccr@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:kmo4jvs4vfs4gu15kiond92dogh3m0ff6c@4ax.com...
    > On Wed, 6 Aug 2003 22:14:16 -0600, "Anthony" <nobile@la-tierra.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >Rewash the negatives and bathe these in Photo Flo. Hang them to dry with a
    > >weight on the bottom and these should be OK. Stay away from too much
    > >humidity.
    >
    > These were developed by a friend for me, so I don't have the
    > chemicals.
    >
    >

    RSD99 Guest

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    On Thu, 07 Aug 2003 15:17:32 GMT, "RSD99" <rsdwla.NOSPAM@gte.net>
    wrote:
    >Not a valid excuse ...
    >
    >Photo Flo should be available (very inexpensively) from *any* camera store.
    Fair enough (I have no darkroom experience, except when I was in there
    with the friend). A previous poster said that he tried that for a
    week, and it didn't do much, though.


    Jan Philips Guest

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