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Flavio Stabile
Film Handler

Posts: 9
From: Roma, Italia, Italia
Registered: Mar 2005


 - posted 01-26-2018 02:30 PM      Profile for Flavio Stabile   Email Flavio Stabile   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hello Everyone

I'm experiening a problem with some of my 35mm films.
Some reels now show numerous white spots on each side of them.
Can anyone tell me what they are?

I attach a photo to show you

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Thanks
Flavio

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Mitchell Dvoskin
Phenomenal Film Handler

Posts: 1808
From: West Milford, NJ, USA
Registered: Jan 2001


 - posted 01-26-2018 02:42 PM      Profile for Mitchell Dvoskin   Email Mitchell Dvoskin   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Looks like mold, possibly from storage in a damp and/or hot environment. If so, it can be removed with various film cleaners.

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Donald Brown
Expert Film Handler

Posts: 120
From: Lincoln, DE
Registered: Sep 2009


 - posted 01-26-2018 03:43 PM      Profile for Donald Brown   Email Donald Brown   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I would agree with Mitchell's suspicions regarding mold. I had a number of reels that developed a similar appearance while stored in film drawers in an area where the humidity was not controlled.

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Lindsay Morris
Expert Film Handler

Posts: 222
From: Darlington, WA, Australia
Registered: Sep 2002


 - posted 01-26-2018 09:08 PM      Profile for Lindsay Morris   Email Lindsay Morris   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Agree with Mitchell & Donald...Mould for sure & Film Guard sorts it really quickly.

Had a bundle of 16mm prints stored in poor conditions before I acquired them & all had spots just like that & careful cleaning with FG sorted the problem.
There was a lot of dirt on the prints themselves so the FG fixed both issues in one go. [Smile]

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Flavio Stabile
Film Handler

Posts: 9
From: Roma, Italia, Italia
Registered: Mar 2005


 - posted 01-26-2018 11:20 PM      Profile for Flavio Stabile   Email Flavio Stabile   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Many thanks to All!
I was worried they started to have some degradation I will try to clean with Film Guard as suggested.

Flavio

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