I recently transferred some old 8mm films to DVD for a client. Some of her film reels had suffered water damage. Here is a picture of one of the damaged reels. Much of the reel was covered with a white mold and brown mildew.
We clean all of our client’s reels with a special cleaner made just for film. It really takes care of most of the dirt and hair that accumulates, but her film was severely damaged. Below are some stills from her damaged film after cleaning.
Best to get your films transferred sooner rather than later, and avoid losing any precious memories!