Re fix after Sepia

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  1. David Lingham

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    Using MGIV, toned firstly in selenium and then lightly bleaching and toning in very weak sepia. Should I re fix the prints?
     
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    Nope.
     
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    Generally, I would say yes, unless you are absolutely certain that the sepia toning stage has been taken to completion.

    The bleaching step generates silver halides in the print emulsion, and if they are not completely converted or removed from the print, they will gradually print out. Compared to the work you have done to tone the print, an extra fix is very little extra
     
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    Definitely no need to re-fix under normal circumstances, all the re-halogenated silver would be toned to completion.

    However you do imply that your using a very weak toner, so as Steve says you may be leaving unconverted silver halides in the emulsion. It would be better to use the toner at its normal strength as you are relying on the dilution of the bleach to vary the degree of toning.

    Ian
     
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    You fixed after developing, then selenium toned, what do you think is remaining to be fixed again?
     
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    Thank you