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Old 10-04-06, 08:30 AM   #1
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Does anyone know how to remove a wet picture from a picture frame?

Does anyone know how to remove a picture from a picture frame once the picture itself has been wet and is now sticking to the glass? Without ripping the photo?

I'm assuming that one of the cleaning people sprayed the picture to clean it and somehow water, windex or whatever managed to get in between the picture and glass. Now the picture is sticking to the glass and when I try to remove it I can see that it will rip if pulled. This picture means a lot to me and I don't want to ruin it..

This picture means a lot to me and I've recently picked up a new frame for it, that's when I noticed it was stuck.
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Old 10-04-06, 08:37 AM   #2
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My parents own an art gallery, and I grew up in the business - take my words - if it's a valuable piece let someone qualified at a frame shop or conservationist do the work. If it's not valuable let a frame shop do it, if you don't care about the outcome try and steam it off yourself very slowly - you've got a 50/50 shot at getting it off without ruining it.....
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Old 10-04-06, 09:33 AM   #3
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Absolutely the first thing you should do is scan the glass/photo so that you can preserve the image, whatever else might happen to the original photo. It's pretty easy to touch up any strange marks the sticky spot leaves.

If you want to try to free it yourself, immerse the entire photo and glass in a pan of cold water. Let it soak until the photo comes loose on its own. Carefully pat the the surface of the paper dry with lint-free cloth, and let it dry on a baking rack. The paper will curl at the edges, but can be flattened out again when put back into a frame.

Really, though, let a professional do it. Then, if it is ruined, you didn't do it to yourself.

And, inform your cleaning staff never to spray cleaner directly onto the glass of framed art. Spray on a rag, and wipe.

Photos can also stick to glass if the frame is exposed to direct sunlight. Moisture evaporates from the dark parts of the image as they heat up, and re-condenses on the cooler areas of the glass.
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Old 10-04-06, 09:55 AM   #4
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You should really ask for a shim whenever you frame a photo or any piece of artwork worth anything (sentimental or monetary-wise).....
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Old 10-04-06, 10:00 AM   #5
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Really, though, let a professional do it. Then, if it is ruined, you didn't do it to yourself.
And you got to pay for it, adding to the fun!
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Old 10-04-06, 10:11 AM   #6
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You should really ask for a shim whenever you frame a photo or any piece of artwork worth anything (sentimental or monetary-wise).....
What is a shim??
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Old 10-04-06, 10:12 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advise! I think I'll take it to a professional..
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Old 10-04-06, 10:17 AM   #8
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It basically lifts the glass and frame edge away from the artwork to protect the piece.....
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Old 10-04-06, 10:19 AM   #9
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You could always just leave it that frame forever.
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Old 10-04-06, 10:21 AM   #10
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You could always just leave it that frame forever.

Now that's the true WTFever spirit my man!!!!!
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Old 10-04-06, 12:42 PM   #11
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You might want to scan it first, so you will have a backup in case it isn't salvageable.
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Old 10-04-06, 12:56 PM   #12
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Now that's the true WTFever spirit my man!!!!!
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Old 10-04-06, 04:55 PM   #13
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It's not a "shim". Ask for "spacers". You can get them in stick on strips that you cut and stick to the inside of the glass, around the edge.
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Old 10-10-06, 11:14 AM   #14
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Where can you buy spacers? I was looking for them online but can't find them. I want to frame some old photos and don't want them touching the glass.

Also, anyone know what to do when 2 photos are stuck together? We're not sure how it happened, but 2 pics from the mid-1970s that we were going through got stuck.
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Spacers

http://www.framingsupplies.com/Frame...acePageOne.htm

http://www.frametek.com/HTML/EconoSpace/index.html

http://www.unitedmfrs.com/cgi-bin/re...ion=9&marker=3
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