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    Squeegee's are for windows. NEVER squeegee! I run my film thru Photo-flo and hang to dry with clothespins on the end. You might want to use distilled water with your Photo-flo and pour it down the strip of film before hanging. I don't have water spots, but maybe I'm lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige
    101 ways to skin a cat, or in this case prepare and dry a roll of film!

    I think using distilled/di-ionised water as a final rinse is the ticket to perfectly clean negs. I fill my tank with distilled water to about 1cm about the negs then add 1-2 drops of Ilford Wetting Agent, give it a medium gentle stir and let sit for 30secs or so. I then lift out the reel(s) and shake them sideways to diplace most of the water. I then remove from the reels and hang to dry. Always spotless!
    Never ever use a squeegee or wipe your film! To do so is an invitation to film damage!

    My technique is very similar to Nige's. The only difference is that I add 1-2 drops of Edwal LFN (a low foam wetting agent) instead of Ilford Wetting Agent. to my final rinse (I use 18 megaohm deionized water). I have no doubt that the Ilford product and distilled/deionised water works equally well.

    With rollfilm, I shake the excess water off the reels, then hang the film to dry in a dust free place.

    I use the same basic technique with sheet film, but I don't shake sheet film, I just hang it by one corner and let it drip.

    My film is always spotless and I have no residual gunk on my stainless steel equipment.
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    I have scratched negs with squeegie - BUT it was my own fault. That tool has to be clean and spotless as well as moist (at least at the edges) to work properly, and then it does!

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    I never use it. I use Agfa Agepon sometimes and plain distilled water otherwise just before drying. I spin the film in a centrifuge and the water is thrown off the film. Then I dry in a drying cabinet. No scratches at this point. While printing I need to be more careful, though

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    photo-flo, finger squeegee, hang to dry - no problem.

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    I use photo flo and a squeegee. The photo flo is in solution in a large (18 inch diameter) stainless steel salad bowl, while I leave the squeegee laying at the bottom of the bowl, I hold the negs at each end and seesaw them through the photo flo solution. I then squeegee the negs with the soaking wet squeegee held at 45 degress to horizontal.

    If you keep your equipment clean and store it well there should be no problems. I have never scratched a neg.


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    In some water supplies, Photo Flo causes spotting problems. Use distilled water and 1/2 the recommended amount of Photo-Flo for you final rinse. I bet you one used squeegy that your problem goes away.

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    how did you get the distilled water (now if that is a stupid question)?
    I see, I see, I get the picture!

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    I buy gallons of distilled water at drugstores, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    Neither Photo Flo nor squeegee. After washing I fill and agitate the tank 2-3 times with distilled water, then hang to dry. Never a problem. Actually, I have had a spot or two, but they are rare and seem to clean up easily.

    Bruce

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