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    I was at a photographer's studio yesterday because he had run an ad in the paper to sell some MF gear with a move to digital. They also had sitting on the shelf 2 16oz plastic containers of Kodak Metol (direct from Kodak) and I can't find an expiration date. The gentleman told me another photographer who worked for him bought it abut 3 years ago. He said I could have it for free.

    I was wondering if there is a time at which metol would lose its potency? Neither container has been opened, both still have seals intact. I know I could mix up a batch of home brew dektol and try it, but i hate to waste any other chemicals if the metol would be "expired".

    Any way to test it?

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    I'm not a specialist, but I have a pound of Metol I've been spooning for 20 years. I think if it doesn't turn brown or get speckly, then it's okay. Give it a try.
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    I had some for about 10 or 12 years. Worked fine.
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    Likewise-powder chemicals last for years if stored in a reasonably cool room.
    "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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    I also have some for 15 years. As said before, store it properly.
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    Since Metol is the most expensive of all the bulk chemicals used when mixing Dektol, give it a try. If it doesn't work you won't be out much.
    I'll bet it will still be good



 

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