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    Last Step Before Paper Drying?

    Is it a common practice to perform an additional step between the wash and drying?
    I could understand a rinse in distilled water before drying if the water is hard or if a water softener is used.
    If the drying method is the back-to-back on a line, I could maybe see a wetting agent used before hanging.
    I’ve never seen spots from the water but wondered if anyone took an extra step at this phase.

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    My last step before drying the paper is a dip in Agfa Sistan.
    The Sistan protecs the silver (I hope. I will know in another 50-100 years ) just like toning, and another positive effect of the Sistan, it makes it easier to flatten the FB-prints after they have dried.

    Regards Tom

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    I often use Photo-Flo, diluted to less than 1000+1 and agitate in tray for a minute.

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    Test for residual hypo, then sistan.
    D-76 is a standard developer, although not one I use.
    Ansel Adams - The Negative

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    Wirelessly posted (BBBold: BlackBerry9000/4.6.0.167 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102 UP.Link/6.3.0.0.0)

    I water rinse and then hang to dry with RC papers. No intermediate step.
    Thank you.
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    I squeegy (spell) the water off on a flat surface and put the print dry, image down, on screens with a second screen on top. Some believe image up. It may not matter. If I let Kentmere Fineprint fbvc 16x20 and 20x24 dry slowly overnight it will be almost flat and need little or no flattening. If I hurry the process I will make potato chips.

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    I also use photo-flo diluted a whole lot and then squeegy off the excess.

    Jeff

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    my last step is to use a windshield wiper blade
    and squeegee the prints on a sheet of plexi,
    then either hang them on corner from a line, or
    put them on a drying rack
    face down if fiber or face up if rc, on a screen ...

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    After rinsing I squeegee the prints on a sheet of glass with a print wiper and place them in a tray at different angles [so they do not stick together when I take them out one at a time]. I then take the prints to another room and load them in to the print dryer.

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    I have been running fiber prints (8x10) through a print wringer. So far it has worked great. Now that I'll be working with 16x20 I will probably use a large hand roller that came with the ferrotyping plates. I would be somewhat hesitant to pull (drag) a squeegy across a soft print surface, but then again I'm not an expert in this field.
    Last edited by DannL; 08-03-2009 at 04:13 PM. Click to view previous post history.
    "Lo único de lo que el mundo no se cansará nunca es de exageración." Salvador Dalí

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