Another good reason to drink wine, not pop, in the darkroom!
I second that. Still, after reading this thread, I get a little nervous. I often have a glass of wine in the darkroom and, of course, I try to be careful, but maybe in the future I will put the glass on a little table in the corner, on the other side from my negs. I don't want to spill it and have to go through this kind of torture, even if wine is less nasty than sugary pop. I will also keep it well away from any chemistry. I don't want to tone in French red (which might have an interesting effect) while drinking selenium (which won't have a desirable effect).
"The beauty and profundity of God is more real than any mere calculation"
A) Fill tray with warm (80 F) distilled water.
B) Lay sleeve and negatives in tray. Allow to soak an hour.
C) Place tray in sink
D) Attach rinse hose to sink spigot and turn on. You want a mild stream flowing from the hose.
E) Aim hose end at each "row" of sleeve, water flow will open sleeve and flush across negative.
F) Use hand to gently extract negative
G) Place negative in tray of distilled water at room temp. Rinse 5 mins.
H) Treat with photoflo and hang to dry.
Coke has Phosphoric Acid in it, which may attack the emulsion surface. This removal technique doesn't address that problem.
Bumping and old thread... I've just had valve in a pipe in the ceiling of my basement break, sending a cascade of water into the darkroom! Arrgh... There were several sheets of negatives on the counter that got partially wet, so now I'm going to try to and extract them (at least the ones worth saving), and I'm just so pleased to have found some good information here!! This is going to be a bit tedious, I'd say, but other then being a little soggy, the darkroom seems to have fared ok, with the exception of some ceiling tiles and wet fiberglass insulation. Ugh!!
I have nothing substantive to add... just wanted a little company for my misery!
Lesson One - Dont store negatives near water.
Lesson Two - Scan them - at least you have something
Don't tell the digital people that we lost some negatives, we spend a lot of time telling them how easy it is to lose a digital file, and in reality its just as easy to lose negatives.