Tetenal C41 advice

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Anthony Lewis, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Anthony Lewis

    Anthony Lewis Member

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    I am new to colour processing - and processing in general. All goes well except I end up with splotches all over the dried film. What I do is take the negatives straight out of the Jobo tank after the Stabiliser stage, and let them hang to dry.
    I just let them dry at room temperature.

    They then dry with splotchy drying marks all over them. I was under the understanding that I should not rinse, or squeege colour film.
    What should I do, between taking them from the tank and hanging for drying?
     
  2. Kevin Caulfield

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    The last rinse, which is the stabiliser, should pretty much evenly coat the film so that it dries properly. It should look like dishwashing liquid, a little bit bubbly. Some use a squeegee, but most don't. You can use your fingers to wipe the film, a finger on each side with the film in the middle, far better than a squeegee.
     
  3. Wolfeye

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    I get the same thing and I believe it's due to the stabilizer not dissolving properly. I poured my prepared stabilizer through a coffee filter and ended up with a lot of white precipitate, probably as much as there was in the packet to begin with. Perhaps it needs to be heated when mixed? Stored above a certain temp? Warmed before use? I end up wiping the film down with Edwal negative cleaner after it dries.