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How to remove glue from a photo

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Sometimes, when organizing photos or placing them in an album, glue or other substances can get on the front of the photo. The glue on the front side can discolor the image, and if it is not removed, it can collect dust and debris. The glue on the back of the photo may contain parts of the pages and posts to which it was glued, this can complicate the re-sticking of photos. Removing glue can help protect your photos and ensure their longevity.

Method 1 Remove any remaining adhesive tape and sticky glue.

If the glue in the photo is still sticky or there is adhesive left from the tape, it usually needs to be removed without solvents.

  1. 1 Place the photo on a flat surface with the adhesive side up.
  2. 2 Hold the photo upside down with your non-dominant hand so that it does not move.
  3. 3 Place the index finger pad next to the sticky area.
  4. 4 Press the glue with your finger towards the edge of the photo. The glue should move or curl up.
  5. 5 Continue to press on the adhesive, squeezing it to the edge until it is completely removed.
  6. 6 Wipe with a soft cloth the plane where the adhesive was left.

Method 2 Removing Old Cured Glue from a Photo

If the glue has dried or something has stuck to it on the reverse side, there are special solvents for use in photographs to weaken the effect of the glue and remove it.

  1. 1 Place the photo on a flat surface with glue up.
  2. 2 Remove as much dried glued paper as possible to clear the viewing area.
  3. 3 Apply a small amount of photo-safe solvent, such as Un-Do, to the adhesive.
  4. 4 Use a blade or an Un-Do tool to remove glue from the paper or soften the glue.
  5. 5 Hold the blade or tool at an angle when removing glue.
  6. 6 Gently pull the blade or tool upward to extend the adhesive.
  7. 7 Apply the solvent and allow the glue to soften for several minutes so that it lags behind in the photo. This will facilitate the removal of glue.
  8. 8 Work slowly to avoid printing glue or tearing paper.

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