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    Blotter Paper

    Here's another print flattening issue: I use blotters sandwiched between to pieces of particle bd.....gets them nice and flat, but I find blotter fibers sicking to some parts of the print. When dry you can rub them off with an eraser but the emulsion surface is mat in those spots rather than glossy.
    How can I fix this? I suspect the problem is I don't use a hardener in the fix for retouching and toning purposes. I use a kodafix first bath and a second bath of formulary TF4.
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    I have the original Kodak blotter rolls. They do not seem to have that problem. I do notice a difference between these blotter rolls and the typical desk blotter, so that may be some of the problem. The blotting paper may be too coarse.

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    Blotter Blues

    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    I have the original Kodak blotter rolls. They do not seem to have that problem. I do notice a difference between these blotter rolls and the typical desk blotter, so that may be some of the problem. The blotting paper may be too coarse.

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    I got my blotters from B&H they came in a Delta 1 drying booklet but I found after the first use that the release paper wrinkled mercilessly and there after also left its little wrinkle marks on my prints as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronlamarsh View Post
    I use blotters sandwiched between to pieces of particle bd.....
    gets them nice and flat, but I find blotter fibers sicking to
    some parts of the print. When dry ... How can I fix this?
    So the prints are placed while wet. How wet? How high
    is the stack built? Layer after layer of particle board may
    apply too much pressure. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    So the prints are placed while wet. How wet? How high
    is the stack built? Layer after layer of particle board may
    apply too much pressure. Dan
    I squeegy them then put them between to pieces of blotter: one on the bottom and one on the top then 2 pieces of particle bd. Too much weight??
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    Too much weight I think. The prints should lie flat between blotters with just one light weight at the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Too much weight I think. The prints should lie flat between blotters with just one light weight at the top.

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    Thanks my orther option was to try using a hardener.
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    Hardener may also help.

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