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    I use the MW similarly to NoseOil as posted previously. FB for testing drydown only. Works like a charm. 30 sec at 50%, rotate, 30 sec at 50%. At that point the surface is pretty dry but substrate retains a little moisture.

    I find if I dry it ALL the way, it curls so badly that I have a hard time evaluating the print in full. This lets me bend back some of the inherent curl, and after another minute of waving it around to get the surface 100% dry, I can estimate my next exposure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottH
    I use the MW similarly to NoseOil as posted previously. FB for testing drydown only. Works like a charm. 30 sec at 50%, rotate, 30 sec at 50%. At that point the surface is pretty dry but substrate retains a little moisture.

    I find if I dry it ALL the way, it curls so badly that I have a hard time evaluating the print in full. This lets me bend back some of the inherent curl, and after another minute of waving it around to get the surface 100% dry, I can estimate my next exposure.
    Hehe I use a paper that has 1% or thereabouts drydown! No need for a microwave! Alexis' method of using a hairdryer for rapid drying does seem like a good idea however.

    btw the paper I'm using is ADOX Fineprint - known in a previous life, I believe, as 'Varilour'.

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    The very first time I used a MW for drying FB, I was doing it in using Les's method for testing dry-down in FB prints. Although the print was so curled up as to be useless, what I did notice was that the surface was gorgeous; much tighter and glossier than air-dried prints. That sent me on a quest to mess around a bit more

    What I ended up choosing as a method is the following: Take the FB print and squeeze as much water out as possible between two paper towels. After that, I put the print into the MW, on an overturned plastic plate (that lifts it off of the glass and doesn't absorb the heat). I usually 'cook' the print for about 20 seconds, reshape it a bit and keep doing 20 second intervals until the print is dry. I then put the print between mat-board for a week or so to flatten it. I really like the finish.

    The next step for me will to probably get a print dryer, but for now, this works really well.

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