After a day and 1/2 in the bucket with the lid on, it has been determined that, maybe the lid closed is not the ideal situation.
After 24 hrs in the bucket, all of the images were super saturated, though they had not been immersed in liquid. Even though they were still curled, they were flexible enough to unroll and place between pieces of glass. I had a number of pieces of non-glare glass that I used. I suspected, but have no proof, that non-glare glass would be much less susceptible to the prints sticking. It seems I may have been right.
There was one, the lower shelf, that was quite wet and needed actual padding and drying off because it had moisture drops on it. I padded with a clean t-shirt and then put between two pieces of glass with a paper towel between each side to soak up the moisture. I stayed near and moved them about and exposed them to air, and re seated them between the pieces of glass to get them flat. I would not recommend paper towels, or any other paper or cloth with a texture. On a damp or wet photo face, the texture might migrate to the surface of the image. Use flat, non textured cloth or paper and don’t let it stay too long so as to stick. Move stuff around so nothing has the opportunity to stick to the emulsion. The glass will help preserve the surface finish, (i.e.; gloss, satin, etc.) and keep the wrinkles and cracks tamed. This premise is derived from the print drying processes used back in the day when I would print and dry on chrome plated drums. Nice smooth surfaces. Heat was a factor then, but not in this instance.
The prints have now been out of the “soup” for two days. They were sandwiched in the glass for two days with no movements. I just had the wife check them and they have not stuck to the glass, so there they will stay for the next two weeks, until I get home and can further deal with them.
So, now that things are unrolled and flattened, what next. Problems I see are removing some wrinkles, and maybe further taming some of the cracks in the emulsion of one shot. Several look good as they are and if they scan nicely, we may be done with them. However, there may be some additional flattening to do, in order to keep Photoshop in the background as much as possible. It’s not my intention to “Photoshop” the problems away. I’d like to return them to as close as possible to original condition. Hopefully, that can happen.
Keeping fingers crossed. I’ll post more on this in two weeks when I get back from my trip.