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Removing a Photo Stuck to Glass

September 8, 2017

I have a picture stuck to the glass. How long should I keep it in the freezer to get it unstuck? Will the freezer break the glass?


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September 8, 20174 found this helpful
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Step 1
Take photo and glass out of the frame.

Step 2
Wrap in some newspaper to protect it from damage.

Step 3
Place it in the freezer for an hour, wearing rubber gloves to protect hands in event glass breaks.

Step 4
Remove photo and glass from the freezer, open the paper, gently pull up on the corner of the photo, it should come away from the glass.

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September 9, 20171 found this helpful
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Peeling a picture off glass

Step 1
Use a blow dryer on low

Step 2
Start slowly peeling the picture off.

Step 3
Keep going until you have the whole picture off.

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I have a very old picture that is stuck to this picture frame. I can not make a copy of it and can't risk getting the picture ruined. The picture is too long to fit in the freezer and the blow drier technique doesn't work. What can we do?

By Shannon O.

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

If you can't scan it at least take a picture or several pictures of it before you try anything. A copy shop like Kinkos or Staples might be able to scan it in larger equipment.

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

Call a place with a walk-in freezer and talk to them.

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December 1, 20113 found this helpful

I took a pic that was stuck to glass to Walgreens. The tech took the frame apart but left the photo adhered to the glass and scanned that. It came out beautifully and there was no risk. I believe if you try to separate them you will ruin the picture. The pic was my daughter and her deceased Grandmother taken when my daughter was a young girl, so it was really important to her. I would try an experienced tech at Walgreens. He did a great job for me.

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

I wrapped my silver pieces with plastic wrap and had lines and marks on the silver that would not polish out. I would put acid-free tissue paper around the items first, then use the plastic wrap. Keep the plastic off the metal. I have used Silvercloth with better results. You can buy it by the yard to wrap whatever you need.

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September 8, 20171 found this helpful

How long do you leave the pictures in the freezer for? Thank you for your time.

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June 10, 20180 found this helpful

This method doesn't work

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July 12, 2010

How do I remove a picture stuck to the glass on an old frame?

By Mitzy from Kenner, LA

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful
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If you want to save the photograph, the best thing to do is go to a photo lab and see if it can be done safely.

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July 16, 20100 found this helpful
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Simply put it in plain warm water and gently use a finger to rub and massage it and it will release itself with no damage. Don't force it. Shake it off and blot dry with clean cloth, no lint type. Lay between two pieces of wax paper and weight it down so it dries flat.

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October 9, 2010

Where can I buy the product "Un Du" that removes stuck photos from glass?

By norma from Sayre, PA

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October 9, 20100 found this helpful
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The scrap-booking stores sell this product, or something very close to it that will remove items from glass, in one piece.

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January 6, 2019

How do you remove pictures from glass a in frame? It is a very old photo. I am really desperate.


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January 6, 20190 found this helpful

Wrap in newspaper and freeze for an hour. Peel photo gently away from frame.

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November 21, 2011

How do I remove an old photo stuck to a glass frame that is broken?

By Yvonne B.


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December 17, 20110 found this helpful

Try putting it in a freezer for a few hours.

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March 17, 20190 found this helpful

I just tried the freezer thing and it only made the picture start flaking off in pieces so I left it alone. This picture has been stuck to this glass for probably 50 years or more.

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February 3, 2011

How do I remove a photo (without ruining it) from glass when it has gotten wet?

By Judi from Brighton, CO

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February 4, 20110 found this helpful

There is advice in the ThriftyFun archives below. Just scroll down on this page. www.thriftyfun.com/Removing-Photo-Stuck-to-Glass-1.html

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October 4, 2017

Photos stuck to the glass in their frames can be difficult to remove. If they are not prints from a printer you can try soaking the glass and photo in warm water. This is a page about how to remove pictures stuck to frames.

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