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What would be the best way to clean off old 35mm and slides for film scanner? I picked up Minolta Scan Dual II and it's working on my Windows 7 but the quick test showed lots of white squiggly lines and speckles that looks like dusts. I couldn't see it on the negative itself but dust is very fine and can be hard to see.

So what? Compressed air might damage the film?
    
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What would be the best way to clean off old 35mm and slides for film scanner? I picked up Minolta Scan Dual II and it's working on my Windows 7 but the quick test showed lots of white squiggly lines and speckles that looks like dusts. I couldn't see it on the negative itself but dust is very fine and can be hard to see.

So what? Compressed air might damage the film?
Compressed air shouldn't damage it. My best guestimate from my film days would be this -- clip off one end of the negatives (or something that you know you wont be using) and dab it clean with a q-tip and a touch of isopropyl alcohol. I'm pretty sure I've used that on my B&W negatives in the past, but the reason you're testing it on the end of something that isn't useable/etc is because A) I may not remember and 2) I've been drinking since 6pm EST.
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Compressed air is your best bet. I use it to clean off my any dust from my negatives before printing. Just make sure not to spay with the can at an angle and use it sparingly at 6" away. DON'T use Kleenex because it will put little cotton fibers all over your negatives and statically charge so that dust will be attracted to it.
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Compressed air is your best bet. I use it to clean off my any dust from my negatives before printing. Just make sure not to spay with the can at an angle and use it sparingly at 6" away.
Yeah, that makes sense. You dont want moisture (or worse) from the compressed air on it, as long as you hold the can straight (and far enough away) you virtually eliminate any risk like that.
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Also make sure to handle the negatives by the edges as well.
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One of the best things out there for negatives is the Staticmaster Dust Remover Brush. Do some checking online and you'll find it. (get ready for sticker shock, though)

You might also look into a camel brush: http://www.adorama.com/KKCHB2.html
There is also a cleaning solution you can buy (liquid) but the name escapes me.

You do have to be careful with canned air and negatives. Its easy to launch them across the room.
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For B&W I just rewash them.
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i use a static cloth. i dont like air cause it just seems like the dust just blows around the room and sticks on your negs later.
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