Black and white negatives scratched!

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by tbm, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. tbm

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    Yesterday I again exposed a roll of Technical Pan, processed it, and, after it was dry, I placed the negatives in one of Print File, Inc.'s plastic negative preserver sheets that I had already used once before. I printed one of the negatives last night after taking it out of the preserver sheet and it was fine. However, this morning I decided to tweak the same negative in my darkroom via more burning in of segments of the image and, after taking the print out of the water soak tray, I noticed a scratch along the female's right arm that hadn't been there the night before. Thus, it is clear to me that some artifact got on the negative during placement of it in the used preserver sheet. I consequently find that I dislike the sheets, for they are rather tight and the cut film strips hug the front and back sides of the sheets. Does anybody have an alternate black and white print film storage method that prevents this occurence? IOW, something that does not hug the negatives? Thanks for responding.

    Terry
     
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    I hate those clear plastic sleeves and finally found some alternative sleeves. They are made of what feels like a waxlike paper and the negs slide in and out effortlessly. If you can't find them on the net I can look for the name of them. They are also archival..
     
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    Thank you very, very much, Sean. Yes, please, if possible, find the name of them for me.
     
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    Look at the Fold-Lock stuff from Light Impressions. It is also sold by MV Archival Supplies (click the link at the top). I have switched over to this and I haven't seen any more scratches.