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    For those using Potassium Oxalate

    Hi All,

    As the tile infers I am using potassium oxalate and want to get some feedback on other users experience. I am pleased with the developers performance, however I get large deposits of precipitate/crystals in my solution. I find I am loosing a lot of solution but that probably is more to do with not letting the papers drain enough. But the crystals are a problem as they just get bigger and bigger. Yesterday I heated up the left over solution with some added fresh stuff to a high temperature to put back in the bottle to get the crystals back in suspension. I then but it back on the heating element and proceeded to use it to develop after it was all in solution and at ~90C. Using it to develop was initially good and as expected, but within 20 seconds as the developer began to cool, it became a slushy mess. I thought it had ruined the print but it all seemed to wash off OK. Are others having this issues? Is this normal and if so what is your replenish method? I have just been topping up the bottle from B&S, but as I said the crystals at the bottom are building up significantly.

    Thanks

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    Sounds like it's a problem caused by evaporation. You should be able to just add a little water back to get it into solution. I routinely replenish with about 1 ml of fresh solution for each square inch of image, no problems.
    Denny

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    I've never had problems with crystals forming in my developer. What kind of water are you using to mix your PotOx? Tap water? I'm wondering if there is some impurity in your water that is causing the developer to crystalize out so fast. Try mixing a fresh bottle with distilled water and see if that solves your problem.

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    I use my developer very hot ~160 and this is a common problem due to evaporation. Potox is around saturation when mixed so it doesn't take much evaporation to cause crystals. Just add some water.

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    Agree with the Lord of Deisen! (tho I use it at about 100 to 110F).

    I add distilled water occasionally.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    I work with a 25% wbv potassium Oxalate solution, and develop at about 65C. Crystals form in the bottom of my storage bottles when it cools overnight, but not during print processing. The temperature drops when I pour it onto the print by 10-15C but this isn't enough to form crystals.

    Hot developer can strip out material from the paper. I've found, for example, that the gelatin in COT320 makes the developer slushy after a while. If this happens then simply filter the developer through a coffee filter to clean it up.

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    Thank you so much for the advice guys i will try that.



 

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