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    Lesser of two print washing evils

    Simple question..

    I found myself in the situation that I had to leave the darkroom before I had fully washed some prints. I could only make it back in about 12 hours.

    Option A). Leave prints soaking in the washer (vertical slot washer)
    Option B). After a brief soak, pull prints and put them on the drying rack (yes, I'll clean those screens!) and then do a full wash about 12 hours later.

    So which do you choose and why? Not sure I want to admit which I chose quite yet

    Thanks!
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    I normally use option A but I wouldn't suggest that it is the best method.


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    +1 for the A option. I do it quite often as I usually finish my enlarging sessions very late in the night. Never had a problem.

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    I would have selected Option A also.

    With Option B, I'd be concerned that a quick wash and dry would result in fixer being left behind, that couldn't be removed next round. I could of course be wrong, and I'm sure someone will jump in and let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antmar View Post
    +1 for the A option. I do it quite often as I usually finish my enlarging sessions very late in the night. Never had a problem.
    I'm going to watch this thread! I am curious to hear what others thing as well, as it would be so nice to leave the prints and wash the next morning! Mind you, I'd be leaving them in trays

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    It depends on the paper. If it's FB, then it doesn't hurt too awfully much to leave it in the wash for that long. RC paper is another story. A quick 4-5 minute wash is all that's necessary, any longer and you could delaminate the paper and ruin the print. Ipersonally am not too keen on leaving any prints in the wash for over an hour or so, it sucks when you ruin an entire evenings work by leaving prints in water for so long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick A View Post
    It depends on the paper. If it's FB, then it doesn't hurt too awfully much to leave it in the wash for that long. RC paper is another story. A quick 4-5 minute wash is all that's necessary, any longer and you could delaminate the paper and ruin the print. Ipersonally am not too keen on leaving any prints in the wash for over an hour or so, it sucks when you ruin an entire evenings work by leaving prints in water for so long.
    Ah yes, very true! I would expect that an RC print might be in two pieces if you left it in water overnight! I hope the OP was talking fibre prints (I was)

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    Some fiber papers have a time limit. Read the manufacturer's pdf. I believe there was a thread on a Kentmere graded fiber that had trouble after 2 hours. I am not sure on this. I use Kentmere Fine Print and I am not aware of a problem.

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    I don't know the situation but when I have no time to wash a print when I'm in school I take it home and wash it at home for an half an hour. I put the wet print in a tray with a tiny bit of water to keep it wet. But I don't know if that is possible for you.
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    It looks like the consensus is option A.. which figures because before I wrote the thread I went with option B In the back of my mind were tales of emulsion separating from the base, but I think those were tales of RC. I was printing on both Kentmere fineprint VC fiber and Foma 111 graded fiber.

    I guess the good news is that I haven't seen anyone with a scary reason against drying and washing later, so if you have one please post! I wouldn't want a sub par print going out into the wild with my signature attached.

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