Help with ILFOFIX 2

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by largeformat pat, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. largeformat pat

    largeformat pat Member

    Messages:
    287
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2008
    Location:
    Upper Hunter
    Shooter:
    8x10 Format
    Hi,
    Any chemists out there?
    ILFOFIX 2 contains Sodium Metabisuphite, Sodium Acetate & Sodium Thiosulphate. That whats on the warning labels.
    How will this fixer go with Pyro developer? And also fixing salt prints? Will it affect the stain or fade the salt/silver image?
    This is all I have till the stores get back to normal.
    I normally mix my own fixer, Sodium thiosulphate and sodium metaborate, leaving out the sodium sulfite and disposing of after use.
    Any help please???
    Pat
     
  2. Ian Grant

    Ian Grant Subscriber

    Messages:
    18,095
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2004
    Location:
    West Midland
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    It should be fine with Pyro devs, most commercial fixers aren't that acidic usually between pH 5.2 to 5.4, and some alkali fixer are pH 6-7 hardly alkali at all in fact very slightly acidic.

    Don't use it for salt prints the ammonium thiosulphate is too aggressive with alternative processes which need plain "Hypo" Sodium Thiosulphate.

    Ian
     
  3. Keith Tapscott.

    Keith Tapscott. Member

    Messages:
    1,426
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2005
    Location:
    Plymouth. UK
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    ILFOFIX 2 is a sodium thiosulphate fixer Ian.
    I though that Ilford had discontinued it.
     
  4. largeformat pat

    largeformat pat Member

    Messages:
    287
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2008
    Location:
    Upper Hunter
    Shooter:
    8x10 Format
    I have a box or two in storage, for a rainy day
     
  5. Ian Grant

    Ian Grant Subscriber

    Messages:
    18,095
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2004
    Location:
    West Midland
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Good point, all the Ilford fixers I've ever used are Ammonium Sulphate :D

    Ian