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    Lith Printers - The End

    No not the snatch point....

    The end of the bath.

    Your humming along and then it takes twice (or longer) as long to develop.
    There it is, the warning that the sucker is almost depleted.
    What do you do?
    Regenerate and keep going?

    Let's say you don't.
    You like this particular ratio/mix/manuf whatever.
    You know (maybe?) at this depletion it works well with paper x or y? Perhaps....
    Or are you that tuned in that you grab a specific negative that 'needs' this 'mix'?
    Perchance you 'know' the right paper and negative combination and just wait for this to happen?

    Or do you stick with what you have a push on? Maybe throw more light at it?
    You don't really have a lot of play time here.....the depletion will be complete soon.

    Or do you just stop and say 'that takes too damn long'? ;-)

    Does it just depend on how tired you are and 'that's it session over'?

    Curious wants to know.

    ;-)
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    When it stops giving me what I want, it graduates to Old Brown
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    If you have a neg that you want to print when the developer is in that state, go ahead and print it. I heat it up as hot as I can since I am usually not patient enough for a half hour.....otherwise....what the wise Travis said!
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    If you want to keep using the same bath, then replenish it. I don't know what developer you are using or in what concentration so I will use my developer/dilution as an example.

    I use Fotospeed LD20. Initial dilution is 100ml A + 100ml B + 3800ml water + 100ml old brown in a 16x20 tray. When the colour of the print goes beyond what I want (usually around print 15), I replenish with 100ml A + 100ml B + 50ml sodium sulphite (that's sulfite with a "t"). I make the replenishing solution up in advance in a 2 liter container. I fill this bottle up with used developer from the tray for better mixing; then pour the whole 2 liters back into the tray. Sometimes I replenish with less than the above formula but in the same proportions. The next few prints will resemble the earlier prints from the fresh bath. I eventually get back to the colour I want. At that point I process 2 or more prints at the same time for consistency. This assumes I want multiple copies.

    Another use for old lith developer is as a second-pass lith. Bleach to completion, or a portion thereof, a print processed in a regular developer. Process the bleached print in the old lith developer. As Mark says, it works better heated to around 40 degree Celsius. Warmtone papers such as Ilford Warmtone work well with this process.
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    Lith Printers - The End

    Save half, mix with another half of fresh chemistry. Although I rarely hit the wall with a gallon of chemistry mixed.
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    I used to mix the developer and at some point in time refresh it with a lot of fresh developer which changed the working solution and the next print looked very different.

    At the moment I run with what I call "replenished old brown" as that is what my developer looks like - old brown. And I keep it from session to session. I mixed a liter of developer (two months ago) and I add 3-4ml fresh stock per 8x10" print and go on as long as I can and that is quite a few 8x10 prints by now. It took a few prints to stabilize but now it works very consistently. However, it is a bit early to call it a success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Save half, mix with another half of fresh chemistry. Although I rarely hit the wall with a gallon of chemistry mixed.
    This is exactly what I do too, although I don't usually start with a gallon of chemistry.
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    Re: Lith Printers - The End

    Thanks for the replies. I'll admit I'm kinda bummed. I thought maybe some wizards would speak up and reveal some magic
    It's a pretty interesting time when it's like that...
    I think it's a point where creativity can step forth. There are so many variables to mix up. The typical ones of course but also the small tweaks. Throw a pinch of this or that in there at this stage and get a beautiful print (or a dud) B-)
    Or perhaps there are papers that don't normally do anything come alive when the bath is almost dead.
    I'll take a bushel of paper if someone wants to donate it ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rst View Post
    ...At the moment I run with what I call "replenished old brown" as that is what my developer looks like - old brown. And I keep it from session to session. I mixed a liter of developer (two months ago) and I add 3-4ml fresh stock per 8x10" print and go on as long as I can and that is quite a few 8x10 prints by now. It took a few prints to stabilize but now it works very consistently. However, it is a bit early to call it a success.

    Cheers
    Ruediger
    What ever Ruediger is doing, I can attest that it works great. I have one of his prints and it is beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Fisher View Post
    If you have a neg that you want to print when the developer is in that state, go ahead and print it. I heat it up as hot as I can since I am usually not patient enough for a half hour.....otherwise....what the wise Travis said!
    Wise??? Wow! I really do have you fooled!
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