Special dryer needed for RC?... or drum dry is OK?

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  1. paul ron

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    I have only used FB papers, never used RC at all. My son loves RC as he used it in college. The school had a special dryer he said for RC... so I was wondering if can I use my drum dryer to dry RC prints? or do I need a special dryer?... any recomendations or know anyone selling a used one cheap?
     
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    Air drying is quick and easy. Just squeegee off the surface water and hang them by the corner. I have a wire rack made for the purpose that holds the prints separately, edgewise in a small space.
     
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    I just dry my RC prints face up on a bath towel. When I was in school we did them face up on elevated screens with fans blowing on them.
     
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    I think a drum dryer would get too hot for RC. RC dryers are usually forced air, but you can also just let them dry naturally.

    For lots of little prints (like those APUG postcards), I like those rubberized letter holders you can get from an office supply.
     
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    air dry is fine if you are only working on a few prints at a time. What about trying to dry 30 prints in a session? My son tells me his college has some sort of a machine you feed the print into, then it comes out hot on the other side nice and dry in no time at all.

    Has anyone heard of such a machine? I really don't want prints hanging and racks or blotters.
     
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    they exist--would either be a forced hot air dryer, or an infrared dryer. rather expensive new, even used....The cheapest are nothing more than semi-enclosed racks similar to what you'd dry a fiber print on, yet they'll have a heated blower. Premier makes one like this, Zone VI has one also.

    Most common models use a series of rollers--many start with soft foam rollers to squeegee the print. then they may move to a "socked" roller--another absorbent type roller, and then are carried under/over heated coils. A blower is usually involved as well, and you can vary the heat & speed of the dryer. Jobo, Regal/Arkay, California Stainless, Calumet etc all offer variations on this. The infrared dryers are similar, but usually more compact. They move the print through rollers, but pass under a set of infrared heating elements (one I use has a set of glass rods, with the element inside) that are within a mirrored type housing. It pretty much bakes the print dry in no time at all, and imparts a gloss that beats all air-drying and gives you a great max black. I also use an Arkay RC1100 dryer, which works great, but not as fast as the IR dryer. Takes about 15-20 sec. to dry a print whereas the IR is like 10 sec.

    You might be able to find one used, but it needs to be clean. It'd be much cheaper to use a clothesline, or a screen.....it only takes about 5 minutes to air dry an RC print.
     
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    30 prints in a session quite easy and there is a cheap alternative. I throw mine against the tiled wall face out where they stick. To help them dry I have a wooden straight edge with a car-wiper rubber stuck to it, which I use to wipe off the excess water in one stroke. Before I put them away I give them a quick blast with a hair dryer. Bit Heath Robinson but it works for me :smile:
     
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    THANKS!

    I saw the prices of these dryers and almost dropped dead. I see why everyone is air drying now. I'll slap em on the walls, hang em on my clothes line in the backyard, blotter em, throw my kid out... that'll be even cheaper.

    Thanks everyone for the good advice... squeegie man here I come.
     
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    I use the plastic coated paper sorter from an office supplier too. Holds about 12 prints (up to 8x10). For bigger prints I stand them up against walls in the bathroom or powder-room (a dunny with a hand basin.. not wanting to sound too posh!) but that's ok cause if I'm printing bigger then I won't be churning out so many prints
     
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    I remember waaaay back in school, we had this real nice, and very huge drum dryer. Someone (not me) put some RC paper through it and melted the RC surface to the drum - made one HELL of a mess. The drum was so screwed up, it had to be replaced.
     
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    I used to use the top rack in my old dishwasher to stand up my RC prints to dry. I've also used an old dish drainer for smaller batches. Now I use screens to dry prints on.
     
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    I have wire rack made by Falcon for the purpose. It's ancient. I think it came with a crank through roller device for removing the surface water. A squeegee and a letter sorter from Staples would do the exact same job. If you are really pressed for time, a cheap hair dryer would dry them quicker but I would rather just hang them, drink a beer, and come back. Sometimes it takes two beers.
     
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    $3000 is alot of money to dry prints. I'll do like you guys, air dry.

    I'm taking better care of my drum dryer too, it may buy me my retierment home some day. I bought that for $50, 30 years ago in mint condition and the seller thought he got over on me too... said it was a cheap one, needed a new plug.
     
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    I'm not suggesting buying new, as I said my one cost €200
     
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    You really got a bargain. I'm looking for one u but will use the racks for now. Thanks