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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark H
    "Or do what I did and throw them away and get some AP reels - they're miles better if you're loading 120!"

    What are AP reels? I seem to have difficulty loading 120.
    Mark we already have too much waste and pour chemicals down the drain, without filling large holes in the ground with plastic that can be re-used .... oooops that's the Totnesian in me coming out

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    Ok, I lied. I still have my Paterson reels. I use them when I need to fill the three reel tank with spacers if I'm developing only one or two films. My tree-hugging conscience is at peace (in that regard at least)
    If you tone it down alot, it almost becomes bearable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark H
    What are AP reels? I seem to have difficulty loading 120.
    I haven't had too much success finding them at B&H or similar, but I don't know where you are... Here is what they look like. The really fat flange (a good 3/4 inch on either side) gives a good solid support for the 120 roll film to lie on without curling and popping out of the slots and ball bearings.

    The fit the Paterson tanks (which are better), so that's all you need to buy. If you can't find any, I could get you a few in Italy and ship if you like. They're Euro 8.10 plus shipping.
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    I must admit, all I do is rinse and dry mine thoroughly immediately after I remove the film. Been doing it that way for about four or five years now. No problems yet...

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    [QUOTE=Tom Stanworth]Hi,

    What is the best way to clean plastic spirals to remove deposits (presumably gelatine?). Even when I use a washing up brush and detergent I cannot remove all of it. Is there a trick to get them squeaky clean again?

    Tom,

    Try soaking the reels in a mild (domestic) bleach solution. Should further intervention be required, a light brushing with your mother-in law's favourite toothbrush, followed by a second bleaching. Prevention is, of course, the best medicine.... always wash the reels in really hot water after each use.

    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark H
    "Or do what I did and throw them away and get some AP reels - they're miles better if you're loading 120!"

    What are AP reels? I seem to have difficulty loading 120.
    AP is a Spanish brand. Many of their products look like clones of Paterson products, and are sometimes (often? always?) interchangeable. I've got an AP tank and reels, and I can use a Paterson reel with the AP tank. For me, the Paterson reel loads more smoothly than the AP reels, but I only shoot 35mm.

    As to where to get AP products, check Freestyle, at least in the US. I'm pretty sure that their Arista-brand hardware (tanks, reels, trays, etc.) are actually made by AP. I'm not 100% positive of this, though. You could also try Henrys, which is a Canadian-based outfit that ships to Canada and the US (at least). I know they've got AP products, but when I entered "reel" in their search field, it only turned up a complete tank and reel for AP products. If they've got the reels alone, you'll have to dig a bit harder to find them.

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    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/sc_pro...=1603&pid=1473 these are what I use a lot of the time (and I think these are what everyone is talking about). It's been a while since I've ordered these, but I think these are actually made by Beseler. I don't know, maybe AP= Arista Premium...?
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    I wash mine with "PhotoFinish" using a toothbrush. I separate the halves before cleaning. Just did it again a few nights ago. A big challenge when using such a cleaner (less with this than BonAmi, but both have the same issue) is making sure you really, really, rinse-away 100% of the abrasive particulate cleaner.....

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    I had a build up on mine and also the rack from my Combi-tank which seem to accrue after using alkali fixer. I immersed in a dilute solution of Limescale cleaner which I had in the house. despite continuing to use the alkali fixer, the deposits have not rematerialised.

    Also use a brush with fresh water after each use, primarily to get rid of any photo-flo which might remain.

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    All,

    Great tips, thanks! I am sure plenty of others will be glad of your answers.

    My old reels are nearly 7 years old, so getting on. I always rinsed well after processing before drying, but I always used wetting agent in the tank - perhaps this is the culprit.

    I will try a few of the solutions (prob starting with washing powder soaks) and see what happens.

    BTW all spirals give me no probs with 35mm, just 120 and as I have 30 rolls to do, I thought new reels would make sense. I have mainly Jessops ones which judging by the photos someone posted look like the AP stuff. I have a few paterson ones now and they are stupidly expensive @ 2.5 x cost of jessops ones, but they do seem to be made of a lower friction material. There appears to be no wear to the old reels, so once this deposits issue is cracked, it should be possible to keep them slick for decades....and therefore also save the planet from landfill doom

    Tom

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