B & W Paper in the freezer

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by David Vickery, Nov 2, 2002.

  1. David Vickery

    David Vickery Member

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    Hello, do you think that graded paper would be damaged if stored in the Freezer?
     
  2. William Levitt

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    Packaged air tight to prevent freezer burn, it should be fine.
     
  3. David Vickery

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    I was thinking about buying some from somone who had it stored in the freezer as packaged by the manufacturer. Do you think that would ruin it? I have no idea how long it has been stored like this.
     
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    Humidity is the biggest culprit when it comes to the degradation of paper over time. No matter how light tight the container, humidity will creep into the emulsion over time. I am not sure why it effects it, whether it begins a chemical reaction with the emulsion or greatly increases the speed so a chemical fog is the result when used.

    The logic behind freezing is that a very cold freezer, a deep freeze type that does not have defrost cycles will keep the humidity near 0%. If the emulsion just breaks down over time, the sub-zero temp will retard this as well.

    Unless you are the one freezing the paper, I don't know what to expect from someone else. I suggest you buy the smallest quantity possible and run some tests to determine its quality before buying a large lot.
     
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    I recently make some 16x20 prints on Oriental Seagull graded paper that had been stored in the freezer since summer of 1995. Since the power had gone out on the freezer once, and the paper had been exposed to a rather wet defrosting, I was going to toss it, but then said, "what the heck, I'll give it a try". To my surprise, not only was the paper still in good shape, the prints made on it were indistinguishable from prints made on new paper of the same brand. The paper was partially used, but sealed with box tape in the maufacturer's lightproof plastic bag and in the cardboard box, much like it comes from the factory. I would imagine that an unopened box would still be in perfect shape. The danger with older paper is fogging, which can be combatted somewhat by adding a restrainer to the developer (KBr or Benzotiazole) if needed. Unless the paper is years old, I imagine this would not be a problem. Good luck.
     
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    I always keep all paper and film in a freezer. No problem. I've neen doing to for over 10 years.