Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Glue to Repair Torn Print Emulsion?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Newbury, Vermont
    Posts
    600

    Glue to Repair Torn Print Emulsion?

    Just did a difficult to print 30x40 - really tore my hair out on this one...only to accidentally/carelessly damage the print emulsion during the final squeegeeing. Result is that there is a very tiny (2mm) area near the bottom of the image where the very top layer of paper (with the image) is torn and lifted. The base layer of paper is more or less fine.

    My thinking is that with just a small spot of the right kind of glue...I could fix this - just a dab on the underside of the torn/lifted part and then push it back onto the paper base. But...what kind of glue?

  2. #2
    Randy Moe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    9,379

    Re: Glue to Repair Torn Print Emulsion?


  3. #3

    Join Date
    May 2016
    Posts
    497

    Re: Glue to Repair Torn Print Emulsion?

    White glue will do.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,533

    Re: Glue to Repair Torn Print Emulsion?

    Ouch, that must be very upsetting. I’ve done similar repairs with white glue. The challenge is doing the repair cleanly so as to not create more damage. The glue layer must be exceedingly minimal to avoid getting squeezed out... and whatever you apply pressure with must be scrupulously clean. Otherwise, more damage. A certain amount of burnishing may be required on the year eve to best blend the two sides together... but too much could actually increase the damage. Are you sure that out of that entire image that 2mm is critical?

  5. #5
    tgtaylor's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Posts
    4,031

    Re: Glue to Repair Torn Print Emulsion?

    As an alternative to using glue you could carefully cut a piece of dry mount tissue to fit in the hole, press the emulsion down over it and, using a cloth or board over the print for protection, melt the tissue with an iron just like you do when dry mounting.

    Thomas

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Newbury, Vermont
    Posts
    600

    Re: Glue to Repair Torn Print Emulsion?

    Hmmm...I'll be dry mounting this print, so any glue will need to survive this.

    I do like the idea of using a small piece of dry mount tissue - with the further assumption that I might want to "dig out" (lightly scrape?) the underlying paper ever so slightly - so that the additional thickness (however small) of this piece of tissue would not cause a later bulge.

    I could carefully press the tear against the underlying paper prior to dry mounting...and then glue this afterwards. hmmm....

    I know...maybe I'll try to re-create the tear on a "reject" print (got plenty of those!) and then see if I can fix this before I try undertaking the repair on the actual print.

  7. #7
    Drew Wiley
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    SF Bay area, CA
    Posts
    11,386

    Re: Glue to Repair Torn Print Emulsion?

    Use a tiny flat artist's acrylic paintbrush (slightly stiff synthetic bristles) and some Yes glue. It might need to be slightly diluted, but not much. Ordinary office store nontoxic lipstick-style glue sticks are basically the same thing (dextrin) but maybe a little too stick for such a small spot. Be very careful not to get any on the surface of the emulsion. Press flat. It's a fairly simple task, but use reading glasses and practice first on a scrap print.

  8. #8
    tgtaylor's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Posts
    4,031

    Re: Glue to Repair Torn Print Emulsion?

    With tracing paper you can accurately trace the tear and use it as a template to cut out the patch. If you plan to dry mount the print then you might want to wait until you have the print tacked down to the mounting board and then dry mount the print with the patch in place since heating the patch a second time may cause it to release.

    Thomas

Similar Threads

  1. Uv glue for lens repair
    By monkeymon in forum LF DIY (Do It Yourself)
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 26-Nov-2014, 10:22
  2. Fuji Instant Emulsion Lifts and Emulsion Transfers
    By Dirk Rösler in forum Resources
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 25-Mar-2013, 19:41
  3. Glue for bellows repair
    By Chris_6172 in forum Gear
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 23-Mar-2006, 09:21
  4. what glue for field camera repair?
    By Darin Cozine in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 20-Jan-2005, 20:46
  5. Repair of broken Ground glass and torn bellows
    By Chris Hansen in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-Apr-1998, 06:26

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •