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Non-abrasive Wipes

PEC*PAD® non-abrasive wipes are strong, lint-free and pure (99.999%). They are so soft and versatile that they can be safely used to clean all types of sensitive surfaces such as scanners, CD’s, mirrors, lenses, telescopes, even ink jet print heads. Our pads are available in two convenient sizes: The 4 x 4 inch (10 cm.sq.) wipes are perfect for cleaning 35mm film and other small areas as well as lenses and other sensitive optics, and the 9 x 9 inch (25 cm.sq.) wipes, which are best suited for larger film or print formats, murals, scanners, etc.
USING PEC*PAD® non-abrasive wipes on photographic emulsions with Pec-12® photographic emulsion cleaner :
Our pads can be safely used on all hardened photographic emulsions, including films and papers. Extreme care must be used with 35mm chromogenic film because the base of these films are very easily scratched. They can also be used on coated or uncoated photographic lenses, binoculars and telescopes without scratching delicate coatings. Put the image to be cleaned onto a sheet of glass (light table) or onto the emulsion side of a clean old scrap RC print. Dispense a few drops of liquid onto a clean pad. With the gentle pressure of two or three extended fingers start at one end of the film/print to be cleaned, and smoothly move your fingers toward the opposite end in a straight line removing contaminants from the emulsion by transferring them to the pad. Extremely grimy stains (such sticky tape residue) may need a second or even a third pass (using a clean pad and additional fluid). Any material applied with enough pressure will ultimately cause scratches, but normal, prudent use of PEC*PAD® non-abrasive wipes will provide scratch free cleaning of slides, negatives and prints.

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REMEMBER: When cleaning with PEC-12® photographic emulsion cleaner, one pass with very light pressure will clean non water-based stains. If one light pass doesn’t appear to have an effect on a stain, it may be water-based and further rubbing will not help, and may damage an emulsion. When cleaning areas which are heavily soiled (laser separation oil, heavy ink marks, tape residue etc.) use more than one PAD to avoid smearing the stain. You may rotate the pad to expose a clean area and thus clean several images before discarding.
USING OUR PADS ON OPTICAL GLASS SURFACES (not sensors) WITH ECLIPSE® optic cleaning fluid or AEROCLIPSE® digital sensor cleaning fluid:
When properly used with either of our cleaning fluids, our pads make it possible to clean only the dirty portion of a lens or other optical surface which eliminates the problem of “hazy swirls”. Simply dispense several drops onto a clean, folded pad and lightly wipe surface in a single direction. Start at the center and work your way to the outer edge. Slide the pad off the edge of the lens – never from the center. Handle the pad as little as possible to minimize transference of finger oils. Refold pad to expose a clean side and re-wipe as necessary.
When gently used, our pads are safe to clean plexiglass and are ideal for cleaning picture frames, glass, CD’s etc.
PEC*PAD® non-abrasive wipes are NOT recommended for cleaning CCD sensors in 35mm DSLR, mirrorless or cinema cameras. Because we cannot control how carefully you handle the material while storing, folding, assembling, or applying our cleaning fluids, Photographic Solutions cannot approve or warranty the CCD or any camera part from any damage caused by homemade swabs or kits assembled by third party resellers. PEC*PAD FAQ
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