Re: "Vinegar 16mm films"

Brigid Duffy (
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 17:40:02 -0700 (PDT)

We have found that overuse of film cleaning chemicals can cause a vinegary
smell - and warping - in prints, after they have been back on the shelf
for a while. Be sure to check the flow rate for cleaning chemicals in your
rewind machine, too.

Brigid Duffy
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200

On Thu, 26 Aug 1999, Judy Jones wrote:
> Hi Group,
> Does anyone know of a way to "salvage" 16mm films which have the "vinegar"
> syndrome? Is there some company which can restore these prints? We have
> separated out our bad prints and would really like to save a few rare
> titles. Any help would be appreciated.
> Dave Kirk - Media Specialist & Film/Video Selector
> 104 McHenry Library, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
> Voice: (831) 459-2324 Fax: (831) 459-8206
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