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    Drying in microwave

    When drying a print in a microwave do you need it on a low setting?

    I tried it the other day and killed the print - I think I had it on full power.

    Also, does it work better with FB as opposed to RC?

    Many thanks,

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    Drying prints in microwave oven is only useful to check the tones after dry-down, no serious drying can be made with them.
    RC paper tends to pop-out their plastic warp.
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    Basically I need to dry a FB print quickly as I have to put it in the post very soon after I have made it.

    I do not have a dryer/glazer but I heard that you can use a clothes iron?

    Thanks for any help,

    Matt.

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    Assume you have washed and toned your FB print, first. Usually start on medium power for a minute for and 8 x 10 print. After the first minute, take the print out, see how much it has dried. Put it back and dry it some more, but no more than 15 to 30 seconds per try. Don't put the paper back in the same spot in the microwave because microwaves do have "hot" and "cold" spots.

    I usually dry my prints for about a minute or so. Then I eat them with fava beans and a nice chianti.
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    You can have problems with uneven drying on the surface using a microwave. A hair dryier will take you 10 minutes max and you can do it in a way that it will be flat. Start off by squeeging both sides, then just hair dry 1 side for a few minutes, then turn it over and repeat. Just keep going thru that till its dry.

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    I use the MW only for testing. It works well enough to check dry-down, but I won't use it for finished prints. If you need to use a print immediately after the wash, get some RC paper and it will be dry in a few minutes with just some moderate air flow or a heat lamp. This is the one small advantage I can see which RC paper has over FB. Time from exposure to dry print is measured in minutes this way without all the time in a wash cycle. tim

    Washing machine is slightly faster than a dish washer for FB.

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    Thanks for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexis Neel
    You can have problems with uneven drying on the surface using a microwave. A hair dryier will take you 10 minutes max and you can do it in a way that it will be flat. Start off by squeeging both sides, then just hair dry 1 side for a few minutes, then turn it over and repeat. Just keep going thru that till its dry.
    I had always thought that the problem with a hairdryer and FB was lack of flatness. So based on this, taking a few prints out of the wash, squeegeeing them and placing them in the likes of a Paterson drying rack to get at them with a hairdryer results in flat prints after a few minutes.

    I must admit I have always been put off FB because of the amount of washing and even more so by the effort then required to flatten the print. Anyone else had success with this?

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    Washing times are greatly reduced, when using products like Perma Wahs, to 15 min. total for full archival standards.

    As for the use of a hairdryer, its pretty easy. After squeeging both sides, back first, place on any surface, although screens work better. Put the dryer close to the surface, and go across it back and forth, up and down. You will see the paper start to curl at ome point, at hich time you should turn it over and do the same process with the dryer. Continueing to flip the print over and over, you will end up with a flat print. Also as you work your way down the rint, grabbing the top edge and curling it toward the bottom will also help counteract the curl you got when doing the other side.

    Had to do this for many years when a rush job was coming down to the wire.

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    Just to report back - I went with the hair dryer and had a really good result in a few minutes.

    Thanks for all the help
    Matt

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