Is spotting RC glossy paper ever successful?

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  1. thomsonrc

    thomsonrc Member

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    I find I can spot fibre based glossy fine, but on RC it seems much harder as the dye doesnt sink in as easily. Any ideas?

    Thanks

    Ritchie
     
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    It's difficult, and maddening. I've had best results spotting while the print is still wet. Squeegee off the excess water and have at it before it dries, and don't use a hardening fixer. The gelatin needs to be a bit soft.
     
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    It is very doable, but removing your teeth with an ice pick is more fun. I just mix the closest grey I could and go at it. On the up side mistakes wipe away.
     
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    small brush and watercolor paints
    it works like a charm.
     
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    I am a much better spotter on FB than RC. :smile:
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    Moisten the area where you're going to spot with a damp sponge. The emulsion shouldn't be wet, just swollen.
     
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    I have used the spotpens with great success---in fact it is very easy---a little time consuming--spot let dry-check spot more if needed.
     
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    I used to be really good at it - before I discovered fiber paper. It just took practice. Lots of it. I would always start with a light grey and build it up. If it's too dark to start with, it's toast.
     
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    Nice thing is that you can fix it if it's overdone. Soak the print in a tray of water for about 30 minutes and the dye diffuses out. I know what they say about elongated wet times with RC papers, but if it's either that or trash the print...
     
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    I use the Spotone range, which I have had since 1974, five bottles in all.

    I use a five zero brush (00000) with which I can do virtually a pin prick size hole.

    For larger areas I take my time and do a slightly greyer version first, let it dry, then attack it again, usually the third or fourth coat makes it virtually impossible to see.

    I agree with David, a slight moistening does help, the operative word is, slight.

    Take your time and don't spot after a session of printing, if you're like me you'll be a bit tired, it is never as well done as when you approach spotting completely fresh.

    Mick.
     
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    I find it comes off pretty well with rubbing alcohol and a q tip. When I start spotting I put on two pairs of reading glasses and get real close.