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    If possible, keep your enlarging and film station completely apart from the sink and processing area. I use completely different rooms. Something like a neoprene apron is nice if you're worried about splash. But for lint-free applications around the enlarger, what you want is a 100% dacron
    true cleanroom smock or lab coat that never comes in contact with your chemicals. They don't come in black, but are otherwise ideal, washable, and almost zero lint. Most cleanroom suppliers will have them, or a general industrial supply like McMaster.com.

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    Thanks, everyone. I've ordered the black leather apron Doremus suggested, as it seems to fit most parts of the bill. Incidentally, a thought to consider, just for a moment: wearing leather in the darkroom. Perhaps this post will get blocked by some filters out there.

    In another lifetime, or perhaps a little later in this one, I will follow Drew's suggestion to use different rooms for different activities, fingers crossed. And if I find black dacron one in the meantime, so much better.
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    Go nude. You will be more careful. And if your a guy you have a built in dodging tool
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    Oh dear.
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    I use a shop coat
    I also use for machine work to and no gloves

    Most do not gloves but back 1977 I found some that need gloves do to reaction from the wet chemicals

    Dave

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    Go nude. You will be more careful. And if your a guy you have a built in dodging tool
    Sometimes my darkroom in Japan was unbearably humid, so I'd be forced to work in my gonch. Never thought of using that as a dodging tool, though...
    Seriously though, I have never used an apron. An old shirt has worked for me. Hope I don't get belly button cancer one day...

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    I use an Ilford apron that I picked up some time back. It does the job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Rose View Post
    ...And if your a guy you have a built in dodging tool
    That is known more colloquially as the "third hand dodge".


    I use a Freestyle apron only occasionally for mixing chemicals, and tray sheet film developing (splash!) with pyro. It really isn't necessary for enlarging and normal silver processing, unless one just wants to look like a "photographer" in the DR. It still looks nice after 10+ years.
    Last edited by ROL; 11-28-2013 at 12:10 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    The Freestyle one looks good, too. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gleaf View Post
    Thank you for the tip. Online store front link below. Still $10.00
    Even with shipping it is a good deal.

    http://www.leatherthatworks.com/Qstore/Qstore.cgi

    And yes I have one on the way.
    This looks fine but I was unable to find the add to cart. Any ideas?
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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