David Breneman wrote:
> This is a little off topic because it is a film question,
> but I'm hoping someone here has experience with this. I
> have an episode of the "Perry Mason" TV series which is
> in an advanced state of vinegar-syndrome decomposition.
> It's badly buckled, cloudy, and makes my whole garage
> smell like photo fixer. But, I'd like to salvage the
> reel and can if possible to use as a takeup reel. This
> is a 2500' Plio-Magic plastic TV reel, and they're
> getting hard to find. The can is a 2000' Goldberg
> Brothers metal can. Is there any way to sanitize
> these so they are safe to use for takeup (not to store
> a film on/in) or is the cause hopeless? Thanks to
> any who can answer.
Hello David and all...
I recall reading about a Kodak product which I think was called a molecular
sieve designed to affect the syndrome either from progressing further or to
reverse it, I don't remember which. I believe it is a small strip designed to
be put into the film can of a roll exhibiting vinegar syndrome.
Do some searching on the Kodak site for more details on this.
From your description, the film you have is probably beyond recovery, and I
would suggest you consign it to the garbage after stripping the film (use
rewinds and a split reel with a plastic core) from the reel you want to keep.
Do this outside, and thoroughly wash the reel and can (and the split reel!)
with Windex then rinse with water and allow to air dry for a few days.
After everything is dry, check carefully for any trace of vinegar smell and
repeat if necessary.
... Graham Newton
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