How can I remove a photo that is sticking to the picture frame glass?

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Some of my mom's pictures got wet and one picture frame got broken and the picture is sticking to the glass and the picture can not be removed with out it ripping can anyone help me?


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  • Emily Emily on Dec 16, 2019

    Yes, I have dealt a great deal with paper in my life. Put the picture and the glass into the sink with an inch or more (enough to cover all) of tepid water. Wait a while and the glass and paper will separate. Place the picture on waxed paper to dry.

  • HI there, this article has a few tips from using a hairdryer and using water to putting it in the freezer. And it suggests ways to make a copy of your photo first in case it does get wrecked in the process. https://www.scanmyphotos.com/blog/2019/04/remove-photo-stuck-glass-ideas.html

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 16, 2019

    I don't have a solution but am interested as my mother had some get stuck as well. Hopefully you will have a good result and can post your success.

  • Michelle James Michelle James on Dec 16, 2019

    I am not sure if this will help since it is not an adhesive but water that stuck the photo to the glass but it won't hurt the photo so you could try it. It is called UnDu. This is an Amazon Affiliate link. https://amzn.to/2rJxtqB

  • Star James Star James on Dec 16, 2019

    Thanks to everyone who has helped me. Love to all and I hope you have a good Christmas.

    • Emily Emily on Dec 17, 2019

      Good luck Star! One of my history professors gave me an album of photographs (19th C) taken from publications; of Napoleon Bonaparte. These had been posted into an accounting album (also 19th C) Later on in life I took up the art of decoupage. I soaked the pages of the album to remove the pictures. I then had them copied in sepia ink and did the decoupage posted here. My removal method really works!

  • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! on Dec 17, 2019

    Try putting it into the freezer for a few days. I think that's the trick Heloise used.

    • Dee Dee on Dec 18, 2019

      I have put pictures in the freezer and after 2 days they come off easily.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jan 15, 2021

    Yes, soak them in very clean water. I worked a few years in a photography darkroom- all the photos are developed in water-based chemical baths.


  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 09, 2021

    Hello there,

    Maybe try using WD- 40 to release it.