Kallitype toning question

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  1. menglert

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    When I tone a Kallitype, or any other print for that matter, why can’t I use 1000ml of toner, and then pour it back into the bottle for later usage?

    All the articles I’ve read on toning suggest using a very small amount, only enough to cover the print (say 50ml), then disposing it after. My thinking is, there is a finite number of prints a bottle of toner can tone, so why not reuse the 1000ml of toner until it is exhausted?

    Seems like it would be noticeable when the toner is exhausted because of increased toning times and lack of complete toning.

    I’m using Palladium, Platinum, and Gold toners for my Kallitypes.

    Regards,
    Martin
     
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    My experience is that the toner will go bad much faster if you keep using it from a 1000ml container until it exhausts than if you use a small amount of it at a time per print and dispose after use. I can only speculate as to why this is the case, but that is my experience.

    Another issue is consistency. Toning for the same amount of time with a fresh toner gives more consistent results than re-using the toner.

    Sandy
     
  3. menglert

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I guess I'll be shopping for a smooth bottom developing tray.

    -Martin
     
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    There's usually good deals on flat bottom trays on e-bay. I picked up a bunch ranging in size from 8x10 to 20x24 for less than $50.
     
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    I use 30 ml of toner for an 8x10 print and dispose of it.This gives me much more predictable and consisten results than when I re-used larger volumes.

    I believe that in the long run I get more prints per liter.

    Jim
     
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    I am also pretty sure that in the long run I get more prints per liter with the tone and discard method than reusing the toner. Especially with gold toner which does not keep as well as palladium and platinum.

    Sandy