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    faded thermal ink receipt

    I was wondering if anybody know if it's possible to revive a faded thermal ink receipt that I needed. You can barely make out what's on it already but if you look really really close you can read a little of it. so if anyone has any experience or suggestion please reply, I was thinking about document forensic as my option. Thank you.

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    Doesn't look like it:
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    Thermal tapes are used in the medical field too (like for ECG use). They suggest making photo copies for archival use. You might be able to salvage what you've got by photocopying it at a dark contrast level. I just looked at some old receipts of mine from Circuit City and they are fading badly too....
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    Yes, heat it very gently and the printed text will darken slightly. Of course, if you heat it too much, it will erupt in flames.

    Whose fault is it that they printed a receipt that faded? It sounds to me that it's not your responsibility to prove anything from that receipt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osprey4 View Post
    Yes, heat it very gently and the printed text will darken slightly. Of course, if you heat it too much, it will erupt in flames.
    IMO, I would only do this as a last resort, and if it didn't matter if all of it all went dark. Maybe test it on another receipt first....
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    thanks for the reply, are there any more suggestions these...

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    You could try scanning it and then see if altering the gamma properties in a program such as photoshop may bring out the text.

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    Smile Faded ink receipt successful

    Run it through a laminator inside a pouch protector. Receipt will turn black but ink will stand out in white. Worked for me.

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    If you can read the date, go back to the store and get a reprint. They may need the CC number if purchase was done on CC.
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