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    Solution: Beer hat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie c View Post
    Thanks for your input everyone.




    Is there a better way to keep fingerprints off slides when mounting them?
    Nitrile? If you know a medical professional, ask him/her to snag you a pair or three to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie c View Post
    Thanks for your input everyone.




    Is there a better way to keep fingerprints off slides when mounting them?
    Hold them by the edges and not the image area.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    Use a straw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisK View Post
    Use a straw.
    ...finish with tongue.
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    You spilled beer? Oh, the humanity...

    Nitrile gloves are available at your local pharmacy. But I wouldn't be handling food or drink while also handling negs or slides. Regardless of what protection you're wearing, it isn't going to keep condensate from the beer bottle from marking your negs/slides.
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    I hope that doesn't mean we won't be able to stop the run...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJSLATER View Post
    Nitrile? If you know a medical professional, ask him/her to snag you a pair or three to try.
    Beware. Nitrile gloves are often treated with talc to keep them from sticking together. If you live in a dry climate like I do, once talc is loose in your darkroom, it can be a nightmare.

    I found I could buy no talc gloves at a medical supply store, though.

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    JBrunner has a good point. Make sure you track down the "powder-free" gloves, whether latex or nitrile. You should be able to find them at a drug store, or sometimes colleges with medical programs sell them for students.

    I generally prefer latex gloves (I wear them every day at work) over nitrile because I find nitrile can be a little too slippery with wet glassware. I also feel latex provides a little more elasticity for delicate tasks, but that could just be me.

    Some gloves have a salt residue on them from manufacture. Wash them once on and dry them with a dust-free cloth if you're really worried about it. I've never found this to be a problem in the darkroom, but when I was working on toners for Xerox it was a known problem---latexes interfering with latexes.

    Good luck!

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