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Film damage

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For each type:

  • Description
  • Photograph
  • Recommended treatment


  • Scratching (emulsion vs. base, soundtrack scratches)
  • Broken perfs
  • Warping
  • Shrinkage
  • Brittleness
  • Creasing
  • Dirt, oil, residue (see also "cleaning film")
  • Bad splices
  • Burned frames
  • Color fading
  • Vinegar syndrome

See also:

  • Disasters category? (stuff like busted shipping reels, telescoping or missing cores, film spills...)
  • Causes of film damage