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    Ilfochrome Corrosion Show and Tell

    Regular maintenance of Ilfochrome processors is a must, there are many components that need regular checking especially in the Bleach bath. I have attached a sample of why regular maintenance is a MUST. in the picture attached I show a normal Bolt for a bleach rack on the left before it has been installed into a processor. The 2 screws on the right are from 6 months exposure to ilfochrome bleach. note how the bleach has dissolved the screws. If such corrosion isn't seen to this can cause huge problems to the machine. parts need constant replacement. I think this is a good example as to how strong the chemistry in this process is.
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    The picture looks like plated steel. If it is, try stainless steel.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    I should have made mention the bolts supplied by the makers are special titanium alloy designed for those machines. The normal stainless steel bolts are lucky to last a week in the bleach. titanium alloy lasts about 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Frizza View Post
    I should have made mention the bolts supplied by the makers are special titanium alloy designed for those machines. The normal stainless steel bolts are lucky to last a week in the bleach. titanium alloy lasts about 6 months.
    Ouch! I thought of mentioning titanium but it's expensive and hard to find.
    Polymer maybe? Or not strong enough?
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Guys;

    This is the inherent problem with Ilfochrome! It is highly corrosive and toxic and difficult to ship.

    Love it or leave it!

    PE

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    well I LOVE it YAY for ilfochrome! and thank god for hundreds of spare parts :-)
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    ^^^^

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    I saw this at Stephen's lab last night. The business end of the bolt looks like swiss cheese!

    Corrosive or not, the benefits outweigh the the problems - IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Guys;

    This is the inherent problem with Ilfochrome! It is highly corrosive and toxic and difficult to ship.

    Love it or leave it!

    PE

    It's a lot bloody better than digital "we can produce better prints than Cibas!" crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewkirkby View Post
    Corrosive or not, the benefits outweigh the the problems - IMHO
    Agreed!
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