Tetenal C41 stabilizer

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  1. bobfowler

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    I mixed up a liter of the C41 chemicals this afternoon (powder version, they call it the Press Kit) and had a hell of a time getting the stabilizer to dissolve. Anyone else had that problem?
     
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    I've used the Tetenal "Press Kit" with *very* good results .... and I had *no* trouble with mixing any of the chemicals (although why the "pale" Bleach-Fix powder winds up looking like the usual prune juice, I have no idea).

    Seems simple ... Dribble the contents of the packet in one liter of water --- or?? ... I used these chemicals in a JOBO processor at 100 degrees F (38C) and the water was at that temperature during mixing. Did you use substantially colder water?
     
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    Ed,

    The water temp was 102F. I did finally get it dissolved, but it took a bit more work than I expected. This was my first time withthe powered chemicals - I never had any problems with the liquid concentrate kits.
     
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    What STABI... the standard C-41 press-kit is without the C-41 stabilizer.
     
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    Not anymore... The kit I bought yesterday has it.

    It's mentioned on the web site.
     
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    If it continues to be an issue you could buy the kodak product. It is cheap, liquid and therefore easily mixed.

    This is assuming that all stabilizers are essentially equal...
     
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    I've used both dry and liquid. I have no idea why you've had trouble with the stabilizer. I've mixed everything without any problem, however, I will admit to not paying much attention to the stabilizer - only that there was nothing out of the ordinary to direct my attention to the mixing process. I'll pay more attention next time.

    I've been trying to use more dry chemicals, for the far greater shelf life when unopened. I usually use the Tetenal CN2 Liquid kit... replacing air in the opened bottles with butane, and shelf life is not bad .... but I have the Press Kit on hand, for the times when I cannot wait to re-order and obtain "good" chemistry.