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    Residue from Stabilizer

    Yesterday I developed color film for the first time with Tetenal's C-41 kit. I left it to hang dry in my bathroom, but later found occasional white spots on it that came off, but left marks. The instructions didn't call for a rinse after the stabilizer (which is hexamine, according to the ingredients), but I'm wondering whether even a short one would be helpful.
    I do have photo-flo since I've done a lot of b&w hand processing and I've heard of people using it with color. I'm going to be processing 2 rolls tonight and was wondering whether I should rinse, use flo, or not even use the stabilizer at all.

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    I no longer get any weird spots after I started using a stop bath then rinse right after the developer. Search the forum for that tip.

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    You should not use stop or rinse after the stabiliser.

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    I had a problem with spots.. and found the cause was the wash cycle.. which calls for 3 minutes of running water.. but I use a daylight tank, and for some reason, did not change the wash water... the first several times I did color. Once I changed the wash water.. no longer had any spots.

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    You can filter the stabiliser to evidence your suspicion.
    Lot of think can be though, this is a least probably for me.

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    Can the residue be washed off afterwards. If so, how? Because I really want to save these pictures and digital ICE isn't doing it.

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    Use distilled water when doing the stabilizer solution. I had the same thing when used tap water, here is very hard.

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    I use disitilled water to mix the stabilizer. I also read here a while back to put 3ml of Photoflo in per liter of stabilizer. I do this but I'm not sure it if it helps or hurts. I may back down on the amount. I'm now using a powder free latex gloved hand to finger wipe the excess solution from my film before I hang to dry. Not wiping caused water spots (on my color film but not on b&w), squeegees caused scratches, and bare finger wipes left minute flecks of dead skin on the emulsion for lack of a better idea as to what it was. So far the gloved finger wipe has worked best for color.
    Last edited by Lamar; 06-28-2015 at 10:04 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I use the Unicolor powder kits and use distilled water to make up all chemicals. I got drying marks on 135 film but solved the problem by adding 1/2 teaspoon of PhotoFlo concentrate to one liter of stabilizer, adding it again after every 8 rolls processed. Since then, no drying marks.

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    I have this Tetenal C41 5 liter version and apart some of my brilliant new idea , nothing really could go wrong.
    I have destilled water and I have never wiped my negs.

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