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Thread: washing prints

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    Black Dog's Avatar
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    Jul 2003
    I've been everywhere ooooohhh yeaahhhh still I'm standing tall.
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    How important is it to wash your FB prints in water at 20Cish? Is it enough to extend the washing time and use a hypo clear?, especially if the water temp is below 10C. I imagine that using an alkaline fixer will help. Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid, but as Fox Mulder observed, " just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean that they're not after you".
    "He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.

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    Les McLean's Avatar
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    Oct 2002
    Northern England on the Scottish border
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    I've never had the luxury of having a temperature control on my water supply in the darkroom anf in the Scottish borders the spring water supply that serves the farm I live on is very cold in the winter. Having said that I've never had a print stain in the 30 years that I've made prints.

    My washing method is as follows:-

    Fully fix the print for the manufacturers suggested time.
    Place it in a tray attached to the cold water supply with just a trickle of water passing through.
    When the next print is due to go into the trickle tray, remove the first into a holding tray of fresh water.
    At the end of the printing session I pass all prints in the holding tray through a hypo clear bath for the recommended time and then into a cold water wash for 40 minutes.
    All prints are then toned in either selenium or gold and given a further 20 minute wash.



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