Cleaning dirty fingerprints/smudges from prints

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Postby aeonpulse on Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:11 pm

Hey everyone,

First of all, I'm an idiot. A while ago, I decided to transport all of my prints out of their cheap-o frames and into a big storage portfolio. Between removing the prints from the frames, and sliding them into their acid-free sleeves, I didn't notice that dirt was starting to build up on my fingertips. After getting all 20-something of my prints in the portfolio, I flipped through them all and noticed that two of them had pretty noticable dirt smudges near the very bottom, no doubt from my dirty fingers.

So, does anyone have any tips or advice on how to clean these dirt smudges off? I've searched the forum for similar posts, and saw that someone suggested trying a Pilot eraser. Does anyone have any additional methods I could try? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much!
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Postby willg on Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:40 pm

Works like a champ.
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Postby KSUvet on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:56 pm

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Postby tenaciousjack on Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:30 am

What would you recommend to get what looks like a pencil smudge off a white border of a print?
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Postby earlgreytoast on Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:42 am

tenaciousjack wrote:What would you recommend to get what looks like a pencil smudge off a white border of a print?


Hmmm, how to get pencil off of a piece of paper... :?

I think you're overthinking this one! :P
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Postby tenaciousjack on Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:56 am

Can never be too safe!
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Postby sidewaysscott on Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:58 am

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Postby Rick_a_c on Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:01 am

Thanks, scottie. I need to pick up a couple of those for emergencies.
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Postby sidewaysscott on Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:05 am

I bet you could find it cheaper on amazon. :wink:
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Postby willg on Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:08 am

sidewaysscott wrote:


This works wonders! I highly recommend.



I visited a paper restoration site a couple years ago and bought the following 4 products to remove various types of stains or marks. I have to say the one that has worked the best is the standard eraser. It's non abrasive to the paper and leaves no trace. If you worried about it try it on a small area on the back and see if you notice any change in the appearance of the paper.

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Postby tenaciousjack on Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:31 pm

So it turns out it isn't a pencil smudge, rather it seems like a metallic or potentially oil from a fingerprint. I used the mars plastic eraser and saw no improvement. Any advice?
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Postby aeonpulse on Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:25 pm

Thanks for the input everyone, I'll give some of these suggestions a shot!
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Postby leary411 on Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:45 am

These worked well...Image Image




Image This not so much....
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Postby willg on Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:01 am

Yeah, I bought one of those cleaning pads and it was a waste of time in my experience.
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Postby canuck on Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:47 am

I thought you were going to say all 20-something prints had smudge marks. :shock:
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