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!
Just remember not to let the negatives sit wet for too long or the emulsion will lift off of the backing! Get them out of their sleeves and drying as soon as possible.
Thanks, Mike, will do, though I've had to order new sleeves, but they should arrive tomorrow.
That's it. I'm waterproofing my dark room:(
I'm going to store my perishables up high and away from pipes. A good dehumidifier would come in handy as well.
Makes me think a little fireproof/waterproof safe might be handy for storing negatives in.
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.