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jut2y
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posted 03-22-2009 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jut2y   Click Here to Email jut2y     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a couple of canvas signed prints that have picked up some fingerprint marks on a black sky during handling, has anybody any experience on the best way of polishing these out safely without causing any damage.

The signature areas are not affected.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-22-2009 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have used an opthalmic cloth for removing greasy fingerprints in the past. But if they have reacted with the emulsion there is little or nothing that can be done.

jut2y
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posted 03-22-2009 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jut2y   Click Here to Email jut2y     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cheers Rick I will try it, they seem to be from when the items were rolled to ship in a mail tube.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 03-22-2009 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul, you know from first hand experience that I usually leave my 10x8 glossies in their shipping sleeves with a window cut out to accommodate the signature at signing events. It may be a bit "nerdy" but now you know why I do it...

kr4mula
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posted 03-23-2009 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wouldn't the astronaut's fingerprint on the photo make for iron-clad proof the sig was authentic? Seems like a bonus to me.

Though, it might be tough to access a database of prints to compare it to!

mjanovec
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posted 03-23-2009 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe we need our resident forsenic investigator Al Hallonquist to build up a database of astronaut fingerprints for us to use in order authenticate our items. Start dusting your collection, Al!

In all seriousness, however, fingerprints are a good reason to stick with matte finish photos over glossy photos if you are having a modern print signed. While matte photos also pick up fingerprints, they are much harder to see.

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