You guys keep mentioning Photo-Flo, but I mentioned using Ilfotol...this'll work too?
Ilfotol is functionally the same as Photo-flo - go ahead and use it.
I use a tablespoon of it in a final rinse of 300ml.
Here we have a problem.
A tablespoon is about 15ml (depending on whether you are using a British, US or Australian tablespoon). According to the instructions, Ilfotol is designed to be mixed one part Ilfotol concentrate to 200 parts water.
So if you are making up 300 ml of working solution, you should be using 1.5 ml of Ilfotol concentrate - i.e. you are using ten times too much concentrate!
The film sponge and alcohol are good ideas. I will definitely look into them. Would this work?
I'm not very fond of film squeegees - it is so easy to scratch the film.
I would suggest you try adjusting the Ilfotol before resorting to a squeegee.
And do your best to keep the humidity reasonably high where you dry your film - slower is better.
Have you carefully reviewed Ilford's instructions on this?
Have fun - hope this helps.
I already have a squeegee that I use after unloading the film. But it is rubberized, not a sponge one like I was recommended. I currently use a $15 Patterson Rubberized Squeegee.
I knew my poor math skills would bite me in the butt somewhere in this whole thing. I got the calculation for the 1+200 but I forgot it and didn't realize until later so I improved with 300ml. That's how much chem+water mix is used for 1 roll with developer, stop bath, and fixer. According to the Ilford instructions, I should be using a tablespoon of Ilfotol in 1+200 solution, though. So I did carefully review it, just bad at math...
I turn on the fan in the bathroom to help get rid of the fumes as the door is light tight shut with electrical tape and towels...so it has nowhere else to go. But this can also get rid of humidity...so is this bad to do?
Henry...I don't know...my previous rolls were left overnight and completely dry. The PrintFiles are supposedly better than the traditional negative sleeves.
I'm not sure where you got your instructions from for the Ilfotol.
The instructions on their website say:
Mixing instructions and use
As a final rinse for film we recommend starting with a solution of 5ml of ILFOTOL for each litre of rinse water (1+ 200). The dilution of ILFOTOL needed is dependant on a number of factors and may need some adjustment to get optimum performance for a particular set of circumstances. Performance may vary due the local water quality, the type of processor in use, drying method, etc..
We recommend that ILFOTOL is measured and dispensed accurately as either too little or too much wetting agent can lead to uneven drying. Use a graduated pipette or eyedropper if very small quantities are needed. NB the ILFORD 1 litre bottle cap will hold approximately 20ml of ILFOTOL brim full, at 1+200 this is enough wetting agent for 4 litres of water.
As for the fan in the bathroom, are you doing additional darkroom work while you wait for the film to dry? I usually end up developing film in the evening, and therefore can allow my film to dry over-night in the shower area (with curtain closed).
Yeah, sorry. I just realized that I mixed up teaspoon with tablespoon. I hoped no one responded yet. And I re-read the thing too and so I'd need 1L of water plus the teaspoon (5ml).
Desertratt: I've mentioned that I use Ilfotol. I will definitely try squeegeeing slower too. #2 would go in line with my theory of it being affected by coming into contact with the PrintFile and sticking while still wet. The other two seeme to be due to temperature fchanges.
Edit: Henry: you've seen others images go to crap due to sleeve-style storage? It seems that sleeves are a very common medium of storage, I wouldn't think there to be an issue. Would the paper of the envelope not risk scratching the negatives?