Removing Paper Stuck to a Photo

September 13, 2013

It's actually spelled oddly: 'Un-du'. They also have it on Amazon, and their search will find it even spelled correctly. Buena suerte!


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I have a photo that got slightly damp and some paper is now stuck to my picture where it was wet. Does anyone know how to get the paper off without damaging the picture?

Jessica from Marion, NC


May 11, 20071 found this helpful

Actually, you can probably soak the photo in water. When it is soaked through, remove the paper that is stuck. The photo can then be air dried or dried with a hairdryer. There is a very good possibility that the photo will have a tendency to curl afterwards though.


I worked for a printing company and rinsing photos with water is part of the printing process.

If this is a computer-printed photo done with printer ink, the water will only damage it further.

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May 11, 20070 found this helpful

I used to develop and print my own photos. Take the photo and soak it in a container of lukewarm water. Handle it carefully. You should be able to get the unwanted paper off it. Take the photo up above the pan, shake it...then clothespin it to a line of string strung most between two chair backs. Once it has dried very well, you might have to put it between two heavy books to make it lie flat.


Janet Hounsell

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By Mary Ann. (Guest Post)
May 11, 20070 found this helpful

Try Creative Memories Web site and or ask them I was a Consultant and they have great resources for restoring pictures.

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August 24, 20070 found this helpful

An excellent product for that problum is called Undo. You can find it in any craft store. I have also seen it in Lowes. Walmart also carries it. I hope this helps. Janette

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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

I just washed two pictures that had paper stuck to them and it worked wonderfully. One had thick paper stuck so it took longer but I worked slow and steady and got it all off.


Do not use your nails to scrape it off, this marked the picture some but luckily the important part of the pictures were not damaged. They are now hanging to dry...

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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

You can try water to wash it off. Let dry and the photo should be fine.

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