From: Captain P.J. (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Feb 20 2006 - 13:52:36 PST
I hope I'm not too late responding to this-
I would be careful with the Filmguard! It should do no damage to the original, but what I would worry about is this:
>I plan to make prints while the option is available.
Filmguard guard adds a new "layer" on your film. While it is small, it might be enough to change the focus if you get contact prints made later on (the plane of the emulsion would be slightly altered). Optical printing would not be a problem because you can fine-tune the focus. Well, unless you'd want a wet gate print- I'd be nervous about mixing Filmguard and perchlorethylene!
On that note- If you do choose to use it, I'm not sure if having the lab run your original through a wet bath cleaner would be great either (pretty common and they use the same chemical as wet gate printing). Then again, it might clean it all off and make it just fine for contact printing! Who knows? It's probably fine. Though, knowing that clorox and ammonia can kill you when mixed, I am wary of mixing unknown chemicals. I know of a lab that had to be evacuated because a technician dropped a metal object in the perc tank and left it there. Gradually, the perc corroded the metal and release noxious fumes...
>How do the people you know who use FG on their work prints splice their films? Thanks for tackling these issues. That is exactly what I was >wondering about.
>I plan to make prints while the option is available. When it isn't I'll probably scan and project original.
>I know the film is going to get beat up regardless, I'm just weighing my options. I guess I'll have to get some FG and start messing with it.
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