How to unstick photographs
#1
Anyone have any advice for this problem?: I have a few photographs -- plain old pictures taken probably 20 years ago -- that are stuck together. I don't think there is any adhesive material sticking them together other than the surfaces of the prints themselves -- i.e., there's no glue or spilled Kool-Aid sticking them together, to my knowledge. I want to just pull them apart, but am afraid of tearing off the print. Any advice??
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#2
Maybe you could carefully steam them? Pulling is probably going to ruin them

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#3
Yeah, Tradglad, just pulling them apart scares the heck outta me! Your steam idea sounds mighty clevah; I will wait to see what others say... Thanks Smile
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#4

I’d be a little wary about using steam – water and photos usually don’t mix very well. Maybe you should try a little WD-40. It’s pretty mild stuff (definitely non-corrosive) and will wipe right off whether it works or not.

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#5
Thanks, Mornac. OK, so far, my flowchart of action goes like this: WD-40, then steam if that fails. Any other suggestions? I realllllllly want to not mess these pix up; they're one of a kind and precious to me sad
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#6
Wouldn't WD-40 disolve the colors?  I use it to get crayon off of walls and stuff.
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#7
Quote:I use it to get crayon off of walls and stuff.

SeriouslyHuh? *makes mental note to buy more WD-40* Thank you for the tip! :lol:

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#8
I really recommend having a pro clean it.  They know what solvents to use, etc.  Because you'll be faced with the problem of cleaning the stuff off even after you get them unstuck.


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#9
Try putting them in the fridge for half an hour and then see if they'll unstick.

If that doesn't work, get a hair dryer, put it on the lowest setting possible, and keep the nozzle of the dryer (whatever it's called) at least 6 inches away.  They will get unstuck eventually.
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#10
Put them in the bin.
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