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Test Results for Vitafilm Treatment of Vinegar Syndrome 16mm Films

  1. slackercrurster
    slackercrurster Nov 24, 2018
  2. Kino
    There is no cure for vinegar syndrome; you can only retard it's actions and delay the inevitable. This formulation of Vitafilm is not the original formulation, which was a bit better.

    I have the formulas for The Restoration House, a film shrikage and treatment center that used to be in Canada, and they are intended to get the film to a state where it can be copied, but they never pretended that any treatment would cure vinegar syndrome or restore shrunken film beyond a brief period of relaxation to copy the element to a new carrier; be it film, video or digital.

    Migration is the only answer...
    Kino Nov 25, 2018
  3. Kino
    In fact most treatments, after a brief period of improvement, actually accelerate decomposition and shrinkage unless you seal the film up in a can and keep it very cold.
    Kino Nov 25, 2018
  4. slackercrurster
    Why don't you bottle some of that stuff. Someone replied that they treated film with 3 soaks of Vitafilm over time and said the film relaxed but then ended up curled worse than before. I was going to try to leave the film soaking in Vitafilm for a month to see how it did.
    slackercrurster Nov 25, 2018
  5. slackercrurster
    So what do you think is best in lieu of Vitafilm before a scan?Just a light cleaning and storage in ventilated archival can if you have no walk-in freezer?
    slackercrurster Nov 25, 2018
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