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    How long will unexposed paper last?

    I recently acquired the unwanted darkroom contents from a local photographer that was down sizing. Among the finds I received that day was an assortment of unused color and B&W papers. They have been sitting for awhile so I was wondering, how long is the paper still good for if stored properly? And what consists of "stored properly"? I'm still taking inventory or I'd list what I got.

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    There's all kinds of different times for how long paper lasts. No way of telling. All you can do is try it. And get a jar of benzetriole and/or KBr and get busy. Personall I have found any package of Agfa is totally worthless when old. Others might disagree.

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    I guess I should state that the dates on the packages is around mid to late 90's. One Agfa, different Kodak papers, and some Ilford.

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    In general: it depends

    I even got a batch of 60years old Gevaert paper that is still fine

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    Not too terribly bad. Sit tight and wait on the answers to start rolling in. I'm just an early bird on your question. Sharper people than me will soon chime in. GL

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    As someone who looks on ebay for paper (expense reasons), i now stay away from mgIII... which seems to at this point, begin to fog unless properly stored (as in kept in fridge/freezer for long term use, or kept in cool dark place with minimal changes in room temperature for short term use, which seems to be from right now up to about five years).

    I was wondering if even after you get responses, which will probably suggest that you to test the papers themselves, if you could please list the results of your findings. which for general purposes might help others.

    Thanks

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    with photo paper it is hit or miss, try some
    and if you like it, use it. there are chemicals you can put in your chemicals to
    "restrain" the grey, or there are some photo processes that spent paper is great for.
    have fun!
    john

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    I had some old Forte graded paper which seemed to lose a grade over time. The grade 4 was grade 3. I did not get any of it less than grade 3. Received a fair amount but it was good practice. Trial/error is the only thing you can bet on on old paper. Buy the good stuff for your final prints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    ...get a jar of benzetriole and/or KBr ...
    OP, in case you don't know. That would be Benzotriazole. KBr stands for Potassium Bromide.

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    And if the paper turns out to be fogged, it's PRECIOUS for Lumen prints (sunlight photograms without developer, only fixer). See www.alternativephotography.com). I have a whole stack I inherited, and I've gotten wonderful colors on the fogged paper lumen prints.

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