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    Stabilize Later

    This might be a stupid question, but can I stabilize E6 Film a day or two after processing? I ran out of stabilizer and I want to process right now.
    Thanks.
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    You can, but be very sure not to forget to finish the job.
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    Stability of E6 with current chemicals relates mostly to the Pre-Bleach not the "stabiliser", which is actually just a final rinse now that it's not permitted to contain formaldehyde. A few days shouldn't matter though as long as you don't forget.

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    Go ahead and do it. It will be better for the film and you will sleep at night.
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    I have some stocks of older film that needs stabilization. I often have the film processed at a commercial lab (which would not use a stabilizer) and then stabilize it when I get it home again. It seems to work, but I think there are some minor color shifts (less than CC5) in some cases. These are not very important for me since I can easily correct them in printing.

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    Stabilization in E6 films can be done later, but the process must end with a Photo Flo rinse to prevent water spots. The film can be treated within a day or so with no risk. C41 films can be treated the same way, but remember to use the right stabilizer for this film. See my long post on stabilizers.

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    Hey PE, you gotta link to the post when you say stuff like that because finding things on APUG is practically impossible.

    If you send me the link, I can add it to my FAQ.

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    I'll put in my request, PE. I would like to read your long post on stabilizers, but I can't find it. The oldest color negative film I have in my freezer is Supra 100, and I'd like to know what kind of stabilizer I need for it.

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    Bookmarked, thanks!

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