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    B!*@#!lng scratched negs

    It looks like I have fallen foul of those clear plastic neg holders. Two scratched negs, 1 not to bad but one through the emulsion. Luckily that one was not a great picture but i would like to use the other.
    Is there any product or technique people use to repair scratches or mask them somehow? My C&G Tutor swears by nose grease! But that didn't work. I know I can scan it in and retouch but I would really like to print this pic by hand.

    PLEASE HELP!
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    You can soak it in warm water and let the emulsion swell. There is also a product that you can apply to fix the scratch, I know David Goldfarb has the name of the product. A third method is to take a red spotting dye and spot the scratch carefuly on the neg, then do some spotting once the print is made. The last being the option if it is a deep scratch.

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    Search the Tenenal site, they used to do a varnish for the job. http://www.tetenal.co.uk
    Regards Dave.

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    Edwal No-Scratch--best used with a glassless neg carrier. Use film cleaner to clean the neg and carrier afterward.

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    Thanks for that.
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    Are you sure that the scratches were caused by plastic neg holders? I had the same problem and found out that it was the development reel. I bought a new one (Jobo) and scratches are gone.

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    On this occasion it is. I checked the negs with a loupe before storing them in the holder and checked again when getting ready to print.
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    OK...

    Very annoying, in any case. Good luck with fixing them.

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    do you reuse the negative holders? Mine never scratch unless it is an old holder that has gotten crud on it.

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    I'm afraid it was a new holder as well. I think basically i'm not going to be so cheap with my next purchases!
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