How to Remove a Photograph that is Stuck to a Glass Frame

PIctures often stick to glass frames because of their coatings.
PIctures often stick to glass frames because of their coatings. (Image: old golden picture frame image by Slobodan Djajic from Fotolia.com)

Photographs that stick to glass often prove difficult to remove. If you've ever tried to release a precious picture stuck to its frame, you may have ended up with a ruined photograph and a messy piece of glass. The reason for the sticking is the picture coating, which is typically either gelatin or plastic. Fortunately, however, there is a technique that can be successful in removing newer pictures from glass.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Freezer
  • Single-edged razor

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Place the glass and picture in a plastic, sandwich-style bag. Leave the bag open so that moisture can escape.

Place the bag with the frame and picture inside in your freezer. Leave the bag to chill for a day.

Remove the picture and glass from the freezer. You should be able to lift the picture gently off of the glass. Use a single-edge razor to help you remove the picture from the glass if it is stubborn.

Tips & Warnings

  • Scan the picture while it is in the frame before you attempt to remove it. This way, if you cannot remove the picture without causing damage, you will have a copy. Either scan the picture yourself or take it to a photo shop for a copy.
  • Use this technique to remove newer pictures only. Photo shops may be able to remove older, gelatin-coated pictures by submersing them in a wetting agent that can penetrate the gelatin and help it release itself from the glass.

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