Kodak E-6 Bleach

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by Chuck Mintz, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Chuck Mintz

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    Found out that the 10L bottle now costs over $100. That came from my local dealer and is consistent with that the national guys have on their website. That is a huge price increase. Anyone know what happened?

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    I know 2 things:

    1. It can be regenerated and reused a lot more than you may think. That info is on the Kodak web site.

    2. I know how to make two substitute bleaches you can mix yourself.

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    PE- Would love the formulas. I am transitioning to negatives but have an ongoing project that I am keeping with transparencies. Not sure if I will have enough bleach to get me through. Still curious as to why the price skyrocketed. I have some fear it is a mistake but one that comes out of my wallet.

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    There is a Ferricyanide bleach which requires 2 extra steps (clearing baths) or a Ferric EDTA bleach which is the current E6 bleach. Both work.

    The Ferricyanide Bleach is a regular rehal bleach found here on APUG and the clearing bath is a Sodium Sulfite stop with 1 - 2$ Acetic Acid.

    The EDTA bleach is Ferric Nitrate + Ammonium Chloride + EDTA. The pH is adjusted to about 6 with Ammonium Hydroxide and Acetic Acid.

    As you can see, the Ferri bleach uses more readily available chemistry.

    PE