Any change in Kodak Selenium Toner?

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  1. Mike Crawford

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    Hi

    I was wondering if anyone has noticed a change in Kodak Selenium Toner. I bought a new bottle this week and undiluted it is a very pale yellow colour as opposed to to the normal clear. I haven't opened it or tested it yet and have left a message with Kodak in Hemel, but they haven't got back to me. I've got a very large job on which will be selenium toned, (1+20 for 3 mins), so need to buy in quite a few bottles but have done the initial tests for the client with 'normal clear' Kodak Selenium. Of course I should do some tests to find out, but as I've never seen Selenium with colour before, thought I would check to see if anyone else has noticed the change.

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    Have you tried checking with Martin Reed at Silverprint?

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    Sounds like it is old. Fresh selenium toner is clear.
     
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    Selenium Tests

    It's very fresh and came from Martin in the first place. As he has mentioned it on another thread, thought I should do some tests on Fomatone and Ilford Multigrade.


    Fomatone; Toned 1+10 at 1, 2 and 3 minutes.
    The new toner definitely appeared more active. At 1 minute, both were similar though the new was a touch warmer. 2 minutes and the new was noticeably different with the midtones taking on a bit more warmth. 3 minutes and both prints had taken on a strong red selenium tone though again the new is a little bit stronger. Not too much to worry about as if I am toning for a stronger colour, I would be testing each time anyway.

    Ilford Multigrade; Toned 1+20 at 1, 3 and 5 minutes.
    In general the differences are not so noticeable on Ilford with a weaker dilution. (As one would expect.) I tend to tone this paper at 1+20 for 3 minutes as a standard to give a cooler tone, stronger blacks and for added archival qualities so this is what I was really interested in. I’ll have to see them dry to totally decide, but there is really very little difference with the weaker dilution so am not too worried now about the colour of the toner.

    While the tests were timed quite precisely at 20 degrees, it should be mentioned that the older ‘clear’ bottle had been first opened about a month ago so I don’t know if that would change it at all. However, it would be nice to know why it has changed. Over to you Kodak.
     
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    I got a new bottle last month which I believe is new stock and it is definitely pale yellow. I haven't compared it to other Kodak Selenium, but I have used it side by side with Berg Selenium, which tends to a more red tone.
     
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    Yes, it now comes in a uselessly enormous bottle :wink:

    Seriously, it always tends to get yellow and even to stain the trays in yellow when it dries up (those stains are hard to clean, by the way). It's probably a bit old.