I Need An 8mm Film Cleaning Kit

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I Need An 8mm Film Cleaning Kit

Post by Terry_USA » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:41 am

I will be hand-cleaning my thousands of feet of 8mm color, and 8mm Super with sound, film. I need recommendations on what, and where to buy a kit to do this please. I am basically asking what you guys use? These are films from the 60's through the early 1990's. Fishing, Track meets, Family Reunions, Trips to Niagara Falls, Cypress Gardens, Busch Gardens, Weddings etc.

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Re: I Need An 8mm Film Cleaning Kit

Post by Terry_USA » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:07 am

So far I have found FilmGuard and I will probably use a micro-fiber cloth. Any thoughts on this [combination]?

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Re: I Need An 8mm Film Cleaning Kit

Post by Mmechanic » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:54 am

Have cleaned many miles of film with nylon velvet cloth and alcohol. The latter used on the cloth, not internally. Isopropanol is an alcohol, maybe the best suited.

Often rub the cloth clean against itself, away from the film, slap it in the air, fold it twice, lay it down on the table, and pull the film through it with only the weight of your hand on. Wind so slowly that the liquid has time to evaporate before rolled in.

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Re: I Need An 8mm Film Cleaning Kit

Post by BAC » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:19 am

Urbanski Film sells film cleaning supplies. I use Filmrenew with a 100% cotton cloth. I usually use cut up an old T-shirt, just make sure it's 100% cotton, some are not. I run it between two rewinds folding the cloth over the film and holding it between my thumb and two fingers. Urbanski has instructions on the web site.

http://urbanskifilm.com/8mm.html

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Re: I Need An 8mm Film Cleaning Kit

Post by Terry_USA » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:47 am

Thank you everybody. I wonder why they use cotton instead of micro-fiber cloth? I had been cleaning my glasses for years with t-shirts and paper towels but was rebuked by RX optical because it puts minute scratches in your lenses and eventually ruins them. Would it not also do this with film?
Interesting that they are in Orland Park. My family came from Germany to that area in 1846. I have a couple pictures of my great-grandfather serving in the Orland Park Fire Dept from around 1890.

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