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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    Another vote for PEC-12. I use it with PECPAD and the combo works wonderfully.

    Randy, I think the OP is talking about C41 films, not B&W. Water and photoflo will do mor damage...
    Right! I just assumed... You know what they say about people who "ASS-u-me?"
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    Use Fotospeed FC50. I don't know what it is based on but it works. Apply with a microfibre cloth and leave to evaporate naturally.
    Does the job for me
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    Long live film!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker 11811 View Post
    Right! I just assumed... You know what they say about people who "ASS-u-me?"
    Uh-oh. I cleaned a few color negatives with Photo-Flo and water just last night. What's going to happen?

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    Depends on when they were processed, and what chemistry was used.
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    They were processed a few days earlier, C-41 at Target. (I don't know what chemicals specifically. I think they're a Kodak shop.)

    I have 91% alcohol. I wonder if I should clean them again, or just leave well enough alone.

    Thanks.

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    I think you are ok, current commercial C41 processes do not have a formalin type preservative in the final rinse.
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    Thanks Bob. Just the same, it will be alcohol next time.

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    Another vote for PEC 12. Its expensive, but usually a small amount will suffice to clean the negs/slides, so the bottle may last quite a bit.

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    Ronsonol lighter fluid works really well for oily deposits, way less expensive than a Brand Name bottle of methanol.
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    I find Pec-12 smears my negatives and slides. Especially if it gets on the emulsion side. Much better results with Ronsinol lighter fluid. Works great on both sides and evaporates quickly.

    I have also had good results cleaning old, sticky and dirty negatives by very gently cleaning with hand soap and fingers under running water. Followed by a soak in C-41 stabilizer and hang to dry. (this measure only to be employed when more traditional methods fail).
    - Bill Lynch

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