Kodacolor prints stuck together

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I have some old (1960s) Kodacolor prints that got stuck together. They were stored in my garage and when I went on deployment a tree limb knocked a hole in the roof. The rain added a lot of moisture inside the garage and the Florida sun heated everything up so now I've got a mess. I've tried the freezer compartment and a wetting agent without success. Anybody here have any ideas?
 

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I have some old (1960s) Kodacolor prints that got stuck together. They were stored in my garage and when I went on deployment a tree limb knocked a hole in the roof. The rain added a lot of moisture inside the garage and the Florida sun heated everything up so now I've got a mess. I've tried the freezer compartment and a wetting agent without success. Anybody here have any ideas?

Soak the photos that are stuck together in water for 15-30 min

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Yep. If they are Kodacolor prints (not ink jet) water won't hurt them.
 

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Film Rescue International | Revealers Of Lost And Found Treasures I haven't used them but they have a good reputation. I've been able to salvage a darkroom print that got a water spatter on it that only affected the gloss (and not too long after I'd run it thru the fixer and rinse). I don't know if I'd try to tackle that much damage myself, but they could be salvageable.

(edit - I think I re-rinsed and re-squeegeed - I sometimes use blotter booklets, or squeegee well then let air dry flat; I concocted my own drying rack of sorts using a screen used for screen printing; I don't think I'd rinse and let air dry without either blotting or squeegeeing or both.)

Or maybe try the Eastman House for resources on restoration, or look at Home | Freestyle Photographic Supplies , they have resources/teaching info. on their website.
 
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Thanks everyone. I've soaked a few of them in Kodak's Photo Flo 200 wetting agent and it did nothing but I'll try water next. Thanks a lot for the links.
 

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Try warm water. It's the gelatin that is sticky.
 

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Warm water and the bathroom sink....yes, been there, done that...kinda sucks, but otherwise, it'll peel the top layer right off down to the white paper base!
 

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