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    dark swirls on prints out of developer

    help. i'm getting dark swirls on my prints out of the developer. i notice them as soon as i can turn the light on to see them in the fix. i'm using dektol with clayton odorless fix, no stop bath. i wasn't getting them at first but now am. could i be that i didn't scrub the bottom of the developer tray the last couple times? even though they're being processed image up? if so should i scrub the bottom of the fix tray too? the swirls are long and look as stripy. they look like water lines.

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    Are you agitating the tray sufficiently? I notice something similar to your description with my students' prints when they do not rock the tray enough.
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    constant agitation and it's happening.

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    No stop is your issue I think. While I do not use a acid stop I do flush with running water. Developer carry over affecting the fix.
    D-76 is a standard developer, although not one I use.
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    mr lowell from clayton assured me that was ok to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedeuk View Post
    mr lowell from clayton assured me that was ok to do.
    OK, But one test is worth a thousand opinions.
    D-76 is a standard developer, although not one I use.
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    How long is your print in the developer? Pulling it early means there is a lot of developer activity going on and water isn't going to stop it. Leave your print in the dev for 90 seconds.
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    at least 3 minutes. including drip definitely 4 minutes. so frustrating when the final prints get screwed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedeuk View Post
    at least 3 minutes. including drip definitely 4 minutes. so frustrating when the final prints get screwed up.
    Just try an acid stop bath. You might be surprised.
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    I use Dektol and never seen such a thing.

    What kind of paper do you use? Brand and type? FB or RC? What dilution of Dektol? Are you making sure the entire surface of the paper is covered with Dektol at all times? Paper do float and especially RC paper has a tendency to repel liquid off the surface if you aren't careful. How fresh is your developer?
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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