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You'll have to paint (or check out the WIRE REMOVAL tool in ae).
There is an automated software called FILM FIX from Red Giant Software. It's overkill for 10 - 20 frames, but if you have several minutes of footage that needs to be corrected, it may save you time in the long run.
Consider RevisionFX' Re:Fill and Smoothkit for some of the stuff or the product Ko was mentioning. If it's not in the budget, then indeed you'll have to work with what comes with AE - Minimax, Remove Grain, paint tools, CC Simple Wire Removal...
Thanks for your replies.
FilmFix has a 14 day free trial (though I don't know if it's fully functional) so I'll give that a go first. I'll certainly look at the other two.
Wire removal makes a lot of sense - dunno why I didn't think of it!
As it is, I'm happy to live with a little of the 'old film' look, but it is a bit excessive in places, and worse: inconsistent. That inconsistency will likely be a tad too noticeable once I start to edit, so I'd like to partially fix the most severe of the damage.
Plenty to get started with. Cheers!
(Maybe I'll post a link to the finished product here?)