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    I occasionally had problems with these plastic reels until I started practicing the technique shown in the attached image. Also gently pulling out the sides of the reels as you twist has also helped if the advance of the film starts to stiffen a little. I posted an example a few years ago of how I load 35mm film with the canister between pursed lips. Causes a few laughs but is failsafe in my experience!
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    p.s. here's the other post I was talking about. 2006, wow the years go by fast!
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    I was thinking along the lines of Thomas. The film width could be slightly (ie. Manu defect) or perhaps the reel took a jolt and has a spot that won't allow loading.

    Have you developed any other film on this reel since?
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    I'm the opposite, I fould it easier to load 120 than 35mm.

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    It could be that APX films had thinner base material than other films, making it harder to "push" into the spirals of a plastic reel.
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    I found that photo flo, if not washed out of the reels with very warm even hot water, makes for invisible gumminess. I gave up on stainless reels and went back to pattersons. I have some ss reeels and tanks you can have cheap.

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    Wonder if your stock of film has a high moisture content for some reason. I find that the Patterson Brand reels are a but slicker than the AP reels. The AP "compact" reels are slicker than the "classic" reels but they have the large guides that get in the way when checking the film between fix and wash steps.

    I Prefer the Jobo 1500 series as being slicker to load than the paterson, but with Jobo in receivership the price of their reels and required tanks has gone through the roof.
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    I would concur with a lot of what has been said. Are you using a changing bag to load the reels? If so I would recommend cooling your hands under running water (but don't make them numb!) before putting them into the bag. If you can store the bag in a cool place too that may help. This might sound mad but I went through a spell a few summers ago when the weather was warm of suffering from 'sticky' reels. Having cleaned and thoroughly dried the reels with no success, I figured that the sweat vapour from my hands might be causing the stickiness so tried cooling them before starting. This seems to have solved the problem. Might not work for you but it is worth a try.
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    Often, if you can't get the film on the reel, it's because you haven't invented enough new swear words during the process.



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    Many years ago I had a similar problem with a plastic tank. I took a shoe brush (who remembers them?) and without adding any polish and just using whatever had stuck to the bristles I scrunched it circular fashion on the face with the grooves.

    Worked well. Never had a problem as I thought might happen with the wax. Films loaded slickly.

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