Shelf Life of Kodak Bleach III

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  1. Tom Taylor

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    Hi all,

    I'm thinking about ordering Kodak Flexicolor III Bleach Replenisher Parts A&B to make 12.5 gallons (Kodak CAT 8184038 and 8214637). Does anyone know the shelf life of this product (unmixed) as it will take me a couple of years or more to go thru it.

    Thanks,

    Thomas
     
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    Shelf life is very long.

    Try asking kodak directly or finding a minilab store. I've had great luck searching ebay for bleach. I got 5 gallons for $40 shipped or something like that.
     
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    It lasts virtually forever.

    PE
     
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    Thanks guys.

    I figured the unmixed shelf life was essentially indefinite as long as it wasn't kept at a low temperature but I wanted to confirm before I committed to purchase. It turns out that I can purchase the Part B but Calumet told me that Part A & B were discontinued and they didn’t' have "A" Adorama has "A" on their website but when I called it wasn't in stock and they also said it was discontinued. I E-mailed Kodak asking the question that I posted here and also if it was still available. According to their website I should hear back from them within 48 hours.

    Apparently the bleach for minilabs is different from the Flexicolor Bleach III which I would want to stick with. Kodak does now market a C-41 SM bleach which I am now using but it cost substantially more than Bleach III.

    Thanks again.

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    Kodak's response to my E-mail was quick:

    Dear Thomas,

    I am sorry to say that product will no longer be available. However, the shelf life would be 5 years from time of manufacture.

    Best Regards.
    Tony AuClair
    Kodak Service & Support, USA