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    Here's a tip for y'all

    Don't put your plastic film reels in the microwave to dry in between runs, because they will melt. Ask me how I know...
    And the sign said, "long haired freaky people need not apply"

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    Who uses plastic reels?

    There are just too many downsides to using those things, starting with wasting at least 25% more chemicals Versus Stainless steel ones.

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    I do use a hair dryer when I'm pressed for reels/time.

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    I always have twice the number of reels that my tanks handle, so always have a dry set of reels on hand.

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    Well I have learned something. I had always assumed that the only reason that inert materials such as plastic or ceramics got hot in a microwave was the presence of liquids or food inside them. I didn't think that microwaves could heat up inert objects.

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    Who uses plastic reels?
    I do, have done for 40 years.
    I use Pyrovpcat HD and Thornton's Two Bath which cost pennies per film so I am not too worried about wasting chemicals. The only time I had trouble loading plastic reels was with 35mm but I only do 120 and large format now and don't have any problems with 120 and plastic reels.

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    plastic reels have ball bearings in them
    metal isn't good for microwaves, they probably arced
    and melted because the metal heated ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NB23 View Post
    Who uses plastic reels?

    There are just too many downsides to using those things, starting with wasting at least 25% more chemicals Versus Stainless steel ones.
    I have both. Interesting hypothesis, I have never noticed any difference in chemical use between stainless or plastic.

    I have used the plastic ones for years and years and they work great. Beyond small differences between tank capacity, and small differences in loading the reels, they certainly seem to work the same. Since I have not noticed any difference in chemical use I am wondering what the other "many downsides" might be.

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    I stuck my head in the microwave and destoyed the microwave!

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