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    DISASTER PLEASE HELP

    Well I had a can of coke explode all over two of my binders of negs, soaking everything. I filled up the kitchen sink, and took out all the pages of negatives and soaked them in the cold water. They have been sitting out for weeks now, they are still in their negative sleeves, and they are not really drying. When they do dry, the plastic seems to shrink and it is destroying the emulsion... HELP!
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    You must remove them from the sleeves before washing them. You can re-sleeve in new sleeves when the negs are dry.
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    just keep in mind to rinse them in demineralised water, to avoid lime marks. Add some photoflo or Tetenal's equivalent.

    Sorry to hear that you've been struck by such a disaster. Hope your negs (and you) will recover.
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    Make sure you put the negative sleeves in the water before pulling out the negatives. Everything must be nice and wet so you don't pull any emulsion off. Be gentle. You can dry out the sleeves, but I would avoid any residual dampness by simply using new sleeves once the negatives are dry.

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    Quick thought on the mater, seem that soaking in water is right. Rather than trying to pull the negatives out of the sleeves maybe it would be better to cut the sleeve so you cut carefully lift the plastic off the negative.
    Hope this helps,
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtbadman View Post
    Quick thought on the mater, seem that soaking in water is right. Rather than trying to pull the negatives out of the sleeves maybe it would be better to cut the sleeve so you cut carefully lift the plastic of the negative.
    Hope this helps,
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    This is a good idea but be EXTRA careful because negatives are more vulnerable when wet.
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    I wouldn't even think about pulling a negative out of a sleeve while these are wet. Do rather as the doctors do with the outfits when dealing with a broken limb...cut the sleeves to retrive...

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    be careful removing the negatives from the sleeves.
    the emulsion is sticky and will catch / stick to the plastic.
    throw away the sleeves and put the film in new ones ...
    after they wash and dry.
    i had water trap inside negative sleeves and
    the emulsion lifted and removed itself from the film base.
    it can be an interesting effect, but i don' t think that is what you are going for ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    i had water trap inside negative sleeves and
    the emulsion lifted and removed itself from the film base.
    it can be an interesting effect, but i don' t think that is what you are going for ...
    Nicely put.
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