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    Dekteol - Outdated

    Hi,
    This weekend I found an envelop of Dektol dated april 2011, do you think it is still good ?
    Thank you
    Jacques

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    If the package is in good shape it will be fine for 5-10 years

    Seriously it should be fine. I routinely use dektol and D76 in sound envelopes that is at least 5 years out of date.

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    If it's soft in the envelope (no clumps, no bumps) it will be fine.

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    Thank you all it is appreciated.

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    These last decades.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Store powder in PET plastic bottle (soda, juice, etc) and it will last FOREVER. Also, I have bought black Dektol powder and when mixed it was still good (brown, but good solution). - David Lyga

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    I wish mine were all as new as 2011....
    * Just because your eyes are closed, doesn't mean the lights in the darkroom are off. *
    * When the film you put in the camera is worth more than the camera you put the film in... *
    * When I started using 8x10, it amazed me how many shots were close to the car. *

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacques View Post
    Hi,
    This weekend I found an envelop of Dektol dated april 2011, do you think it is still good ?
    Thank you
    Jacques
    Back when I started - Dektol came in cans and the J-1 manual gave the shelf life as "Infinite In package" The paper envelope packaging is not as air tight. The newer plastic envelope SHOULD be better.

    Especialy with Dektol is worth the try. If the powder is still white and not in a clump it should be fine. If it was a film developer you would have to plan a test, but if the print developer is bad, you can just mix a fresh pack, or use a bottle of Liquidol or something.
    Charles MacDonald
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    I still live just beyond the fringe in Stittsville

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    I've used expired Dektol and have gotten the same results as a 'normal' unexpired batch (working 1:2). I've also mixed up expired batches from the old paper/plastic bags that are completely oxidized, and have gotten same results. There has only been one instance when I mixed up an old batch (dark brown like coke or root beer), and the prints yielded a brown tone. Yay for Dektol and out-dated stock of supplies

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    Yes, still good.
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