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    Quote Originally Posted by Contrastique View Post
    Don't know the english term for such thing...It's something you normally use to clean your work top in the kitchen for example.
    Can be called a number of things. One traditional term is 'chamois" - which is a very soft, very absorbent leather used to remove moisture from wet surfaces. From the picture, I would infer that this one is made of an artificial material rather than real leather.
    Louie

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    I never squeegee fiber prints. Rapidity of drying only increases the tendency of the print to curl. I dry mine pegged back to back hanging vertically from metal clips on a line. I usually have at least 1/2 inch borders all around. Any concerns about puddled water leaving a residue are eliminated because that would occur in the border. I see no rush to dry fiber prints because I can't do anything with them until they are completely dry so I let them hand overnight anyway.

    I use single tray processing partly to avoid handling the emulsion at all. After all the time and energy that I put into a final print, I see no reason to apply any object to the wet emulsion surface right at the end, e.g. a squeegee.
    Jerold Harter MD

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    I squeegee both sides but I do not apply pressure to the print in the process. I simply run the squeegee over both surfaces one time, letting only the light weight of the squeegee do the work. Though I have only been doing fiber for a short time, I cannot see how what I'm doing could ever scrape the emulsion.

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    I was surprised to discover when I didn't squeegee prints they dried flatter. I still do it but I don't know why since I seem to ruin one print in a dozen.
    Chris Saganich
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    I squeegee the back & front, then the back again...just a habit. I then dry them face up on newspaper on the counter top in my kitchen. They always dry with minimal curl on the edges & placing them in my archival portfolio for about a 1-2 weeks makes them almost completely flat.
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    I squeegee the front of the print with a windshield wiper and dry face up on screens. Sometimes a stray drop of water can cause a raised bump as the print dries so I blot any large drops with a photo wipe.

    Jon
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    I squeegee. Both sides. And dry back to back or on net face down. If too much water is left in the print it curls more.
    /matti

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    Thanks everyone!! I think I'll have to try the squeegee thing and see if it works for me -- I'll see what I can find in Paris when I go in tomorrow to exchange my brown developer.

    I know I started this thread, but I have to say that it had me laughing at the end. How many times have I read the word SQUEEGEE? Such a ridiculous word for adults to use (although I guess rhyming with Weegee is not such a bad thing...)

    Cheers.

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    I dry on glass and tape the prints. I only wipe carefully the water off the print with a tiny sponge due to lime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooseontheloose View Post
    How many times have I read the word SQUEEGEE?
    How many times indeed! And how few times of any
    alternative? I know there are a few out there who
    do use a sponge but I the only one to have
    mentioned such an obvious choice.

    While in town pick up a sponge. I wet a dry sponge
    with tap water then squeeze dry. Then a wet with
    a little distilled and squeeze again. Good for three
    or four 8x10s. No mess, no scratches, no
    detached emulsions. Dan

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