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    Quote Originally Posted by marco.taje View Post

    One last tip (I've done this mistake myself!): be sure to fix the prints thoroughly before washing and toning or you'll get some nasty staining. A two bath fixing regime is advised.
    Actually the staining you speak of most likely comes from a weak or diluted stop bath. The alkalinity of the developer is carried over into the less acidic fixer and does not thoroughly wash out before the toning step. Therefore the toning is not uniform as is evidenced by in inconsistent toning of the print.

    Further proof is offered by the toning step usually goes directly from the fixer into a mix of HCA and Selenium toner.

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    Always use stop bath but especially with fiber based paper which never really drains completely from one step to the next.
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