The only thing hotter than all the nitrate talk going on in film preservation circles these days, is literally the heat that will come from the fire your nitrate film will start should it not be stored properly.
In this post, PRO-TEK's very own nitrate specialist, Danny Kuchuck, answers several questions many people have about what they should do with their nitrate film.
(Hint: let the professionals handle it, seriously!)
If Nitrate-based film stock is in your holdings and it hasn’t decomposed extensively (yet), chances are it’s stable or at least decomposing slowly enough that now is the time to check, inspect, scan or screen. Nitrate film was made by Kodak as well as other manufacturers like DuPont and Gevaert, all with different standards and slightly different chemical formulas. In addition, how the film was processed and any processing residue could also affect the life and stability of the stock. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to Nitrate film, and we see it all at PRO-TEK.