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Old 03-06-2017, 09:42 PM
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I recognize the best advice may be to leave well enough alone.

However, I am considering removing the "halo" and "H" editing marks from this Chief Bender photo. If I decide to clean it any advice on best practices to accomplish this?
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:53 PM
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When I read what you are going to do, I first thought Oh My Gosh. I am not an expert on what you are talking about so kind of got stuck there. Good luck. If it were mine I would probably leave it alone. It looks kind of fragile. I should add, I am referring to the Halo. The crop marks look a bit easier....though still outside of my expertise.
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I have used a cotton ball or swab, it works very nicely in removing most crop marks.
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Pec-12 and the company's wipes are made for it. If the white stuff is water based you could also try a Q-Tip (well, many, many of them) dipped in distilled water. I did this photo of Kid Kaplan (HOF):

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Distilled water and Q-tips. Most editor's paint is water soluble, and as long as you don't wet the gelatin base to the point that it gets "gummy" you should be okay. Better to remove some, let it dry, then remove some more than to push your luck with doing it all in one go. Q-tips work well for delivering the water, and you can kind of twirl them slowly to lift up the paint once it's wet. Don't skimp on the Q-tips, and don't be afraid to take your time doing it in multiple passes one small area at a time.

Also, if this is your first attempt, pick up a couple of crappy photos with similar paint on them and practice. There's no need to get your feet wet with a nice photo as your first attempt.
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Thanks guys, that was just the kind of advice I was looking for.
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I agree on the Q tips etc, great advice. However, before you do, make a quick search to see if you can find what this particular cropping was used for. It seems unusual to have his name on his hat and the image may have been used for something pretty nice. Worse case is you find it, make a copy, then get rid of the paint if you still want to. Anyway, worth considering I think.
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I agree on the Q tips etc, great advice. However, before you do, make a quick search to see if you can find what this particular cropping was used for. It seems unusual to have his name on his hat and the image may have been used for something pretty nice. Worse case is you find it, make a copy, then get rid of the paint if you still want to. Anyway, worth considering I think.
Reminds me of when I tried to erase, a later authenticated, Chief Myers autograph from this. (not mine any longer). The card is not light on the photo, where the signature is, as that is the scan doing that. It is a tiny bit lighter but not close to that much. In retrospect, I am glad I didn't keep trying to erase it....

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Reminds me of when I tried to erase, a later authenticated, Chief Myers autograph from this. (not mine any longer). The card is not light on the photo, where the signature is, as that is the scan doing that. It is a tiny bit lighter but not close to that much. In retrospect, I am glad I didn't keep trying to erase it....

It would have looked better without, so I don't blame you Curious as to how someone came to the conclusion that was his signature if you know?
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No idea on the signature. I sent it in and that is what they said. And I know it isn't a signature but it is writing. I did compare it to some other exemplars and it looked similar to his writing. I got it from a board member with the signature on it, on ebay about 15 yrs ago, for about a hundred bucks.

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It would have looked better without, so I don't blame you Curious as to how someone came to the conclusion that was his signature if you know?
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