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    Kodak Photo-Flo 200 Dilution?

    As indicated by the name, Kodak recommends a dilution for this wetting agent of 1:200. My experience is that I need far less (1+2,000) to avoid water marks, and our water is not very soft either.

    How do you dilute Photo-Flo, and what are your experiences with this product?
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    1.5ml to 300ml distilled water without problem since 1974.

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    The dilution you need varies with the quality of your water.
    The 1:200 is probally for the worst case water quality.
    I use distilled water for the final rinse and just a few drops is all I need.

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    I use one drop per roll of 35mm and two per 120. My experience is that less, rather than more, is better.
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    I use it at 1:200 with filtered tap water and get clean negatives. The tap water here in Miami is very slightly yellow if not filtered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottrdaemmerung View Post
    I use one drop per roll of 35mm and two per 120. My experience is that less, rather than more, is better.
    That's my experience too.

    If I use it at 1:200 with distilled water, I don't get water marks, I'll get Photo-Flo marks!
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    I now use it as Kodak recommends without problems; but I've also accidentally used photo flo even more diluted than 1:200 (1+1000 or so) without marks. I dont think water is very soft were I live.

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    When all else fails, try following the directions. They were printed for a reason. 200ml PhotoFlo to 1ml water. This is not exactly rocket science stuff.

    If you do not follow the instructions, you will be back posting that PhotoFlo ruined your film and that you are going to sue Kodak.

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    I put 15 ML into a gallon bottle of distilled, which makes it slightly more dilute than 1:200 (1:252).
    1:200 (18 ML in a gal.) was a little too foamy for my taste, though it didn't cause any problems.

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    8x10 tray for 5x7 film, shake the photo flo bottle and wash cap out with water until 8x10 tray has 1/2" water.

    7x17 film gets two caps rinsed out into 16x20 tray @ 1/2" deep of water, probably 1:1000 or more
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