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    Unable to achieve black in old Ilford paper

    Tonight I tried to print using an old box of Ilford paper. I gave my test strip 2 1/2 minutes exposure at f4 and only got a medium gray tone. I tried changing the contrast to a 5 and still got the same outcome. I tested the paper and found no base fog. I took a test strip and put it straight into the developer with the white room lights on. After 5 minutes, the test strip had a darker gray but no black.

    I tried a different paper and got a proper print.

    Paper: Ilford MGF.1K, unknown age
    Developer: Dektol

    Is there anything I can add to the developer to recover this paper?

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    That's a really great question!
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    Use it for paper negatives?! Or try lithing it maybe?

    Sounds like your paper is deceased.
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    If it is fiber (MGF?) I would be tempted to fix it out and yet the Cyanotype trick that was being discussed recently.
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    Try straight Dektol, or LPD with out dilution
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bannow View Post
    That's a really great question!
    Certainly a totally unbiased comment. Hoping for breakfast this morning Jeff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp80874 View Post
    Certainly a totally unbiased comment. Hoping for breakfast this morning Jeff?

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    Didn't seem to work!
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    Got to hand it to you Jeff that was a pretty good try.

    Eva- the paper sounds like it is toast, but it is really good for seasoning lith developers, so I keep old flat paper in stacks in my darkroom, open to light, when I lith print I use a bunch of this paper to activate the chems, kind of like getting to the sweet spot faster.
    Also I use this paper to focus with, lots of good uses but probably not what you want to use to make good prints with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bannow View Post
    Didn't seem to work!



 

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