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Brad Kimball
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Highland Mills, NY USA
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted June 16, 2003 02:00 AM      Profile for Brad Kimball   Email Brad Kimball   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Are there any household products that,if in an emergency, will get rid of the "chatter" often associated with new or dry film? A local theatre owner told me WD-40 would work if rubbed sparingly on the sprocket side of the reel, but someone told me "WD" is pure junk. What do you think fellas?

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Tim Christian
Expert Film Handler

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From: Norfolk, UK
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted June 16, 2003 06:28 AM      Profile for Tim Christian   Author's Homepage   Email Tim Christian   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Following advice by another collector, I use a good brand spray polish (Mr Sheen or Pleadge in the UK) to polish all the internal rubbing surfaces of my projectors. This seems to need redoing every ten reels or so: in an emergency I spray polish directly onto leader and run it through the projector.

In fact, I now just clean films (Witner's Prof. cleaner) and keep the projectors lubricated with polish. This puts much less goo on the films, and only where it is needed.

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John Clancy
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From: Cornwall
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted June 17, 2003 01:57 AM      Profile for John Clancy   Author's Homepage   Email John Clancy   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Keith Wilton has used WD40 on 35mm prints with much success. The only thing to keep in mind is the magnetic tracks on Super 8 releases. Doubtful it will affect them but I'd certainly check it first.

Personally I still use Thermofilm but sadly there is no new availability of this any longer.

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