RC papers and hardening fixer?

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by MFP, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. MFP

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    Hey all,

    So from a previous thread I have found out that major BW films do not need hardening fixer. My question is: do RC papers need hardening fixer? Currently I'm using Ilford MG4 glossy paper.

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    My understanding is that RC papers at least don't benefit from it, and hardening fixer makes the print more difficult to tone. I bought some by mistake, and have been using it up on film and contact sheets, where I won't be doing any toning anyway.
     
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    Good Afternoon,

    If I recall correctly (too lazy to go down to the darkroom to check), the instructions included with Kodak Rapid Fixer suggest not using the hardener when preparing print fixer. Anyway, I always follow that procedure, whether printing RC or FB.

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    No papers RC or FB need a hardener, all it does is increase the wash times and waste water..

    Using a hardener can can be detrimental to the gloss surface on some RC papers.

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    Ah, good to know, thanks :smile:
     
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    It does no harm, but it isn't needed. The emulsion of papers usually doesn't get enough abuse to benefit from hardeners, ans washing and toning go better without hardening.