Re: vinegar syndrome clean up

From: Larry Urbanski (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 12 2008 - 14:34:48 PDT

Vinegar syndrome is not like a virus. It is not contagious to "good" films
if a "vinegar" film is run in the projector. Alcohol can be used for general
cleaning of the projector path. However, be assured that there is no
evidence that a projector that ran a vinegar print will affect a good print
later run in that projector, even if you don't clean the path. Obviously,
cleaning the path is important to avoid scratches and abrasions, so clean
your film path as needed.



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From: Experimental Film Discussion List [mailto:email suppressed]
On Behalf Of amanda christie
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 7:28 AM
To: email suppressed
Subject: vinegar syndrome clean up


greetings fair fellow frameworkers....

i'm working with some slightly vinegarred film.... it's slight... but the
odor is definitely there... and the film is all twisty in the middle....

i'm going to reprint as much of it as i can by hand... but in the end, i
will need to run a few loops of this stuff through a couple of my projectors
(one of which is my favourite analysis projector)

so once i'm done with this project, i'll obviously need to clean the
projectors well... are there any special tips or instructions specifically
for cleaning up after vinegarred film?

will 99% isopropyl alcohol do the trick?
that's my plan... to take it all apart and simply clean the film path with

let me know if there's anything else i should do before using these
projectors again for clean film.

thanks so much,




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