Yes, you can use typical unperforated motion picture splicing tape
(unperforated) to repair torn microfilm.
Try to purchase tape that goes "frame to frame" to avoid a shadow line
across the image. Tape can be purchased up to 70mm from some vendors.
In addition to the suggested vendors, you might also try
Use a light box, tape the torn film in place (art tape,
www.filmtools.com), base side up,line up the tear as best as possible,
carefully lay down and smooth over tape (leaving no bubbles and
burnishing with cotton gloved fingers) from one side to another and try
to terminate the tape in the frame line area. If you mess up, gently
peel off and try again, but don't attempt emulsion side until you are
fairly sure of your technique; you don't often get to peel off the
emulsion side repair without taking information with the removal. You
will probably need to do both sides if you are running the film over
If you have perforated film, CLEANLY cut out the perfs with an art/hobby
knife or you will have issues transporting it and further damage the film.
Be sure to trim all excess tape off and gently buff the repair with a
film velvet when you are done.
S. Frank Wylie
Independent Motion Picture Specialist
Don Cox wrote:
> On 01/06/07, Adam Girard wrote:
>> Does anybody have suggestions about repairing torn microfilm?
>> I was thinking that I would use some splicing tape, but I've never
>> repaired microfilm before.
>> Better safe than sorry.
>> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> There are materials used by film editors which I think would be
> For example: