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    Premier Dryer Score!-Pakosol

    I recently won a Premier Professional Print dryer off of ebay for $23. It is an older model, I believe from the 70's or 80's because the plastic is that sage green color from those decades. It was rarely used.

    I dried both fiber and glossy prints in it last night and to my delight it works fantastically well! The fiber prints were glossier than the RC prints, which is what I like, but I want to take it a step further and ferrotype/glaze.

    I have read that Pakosol should be used to flatten the prints and help in the ferrotyping. My question is, will my prints be considered as being archivally processed if I use it. I have read varying opinions on this matter and would like to know before I purchase some from Pakor.com.

    Thank you,
    Jamusu.

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    Anyone???

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    It may take a while for somebody who knows about this to reply. I'm not sure where in the world you are, but at the moment, it is daytime here in Australia, so most people online are probably in this part of the world. I would help if I could but know nothing about Pakosol, sorry.

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    Okay.

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    Dear Jamusu,

    Go to www.pakor.com and search on Pakosol.

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    Jamusu,

    Wash the ferrotype surface with dish-washing soap using nothing more coarse than your hand to gently rub the surface. Rinse it very well. Sometimes a light coating of glycerin is necessary to get a really spot-free glossy print. The glycerin will take the place of Pakosol.
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    Jim.

    If I use the glycerin, will my prints be considered archival? Also, do all brands of glycerin work, or do I need to purchase certain brand?

    Jamusu.

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    I read somewhere while looking up pakosol that it -probably- wasn't archival but no definitive answer that I remember
    I'm sure there are ferrotyped photos still hanging somewhere so -I- wouldn't get caught up in the archival talk. More archival than I am


    Mix your own using glycerin and photo-flo

    I tried ferrotyping on plates and had little success but didn't try that hard and didn't use pakosol or other
    I just threw onto hot plate wet with some Photo-flo and got "oyster shell" from it drying outside in
    Did the same but then immediately into hot oven so the top dried along with bottom and much more evenly outside in ..only a few missed areas where I probably didn't get good contact to begin with.
    A nice look.


    I may be able to get some gallons of it for next to nothing -1970's vintage. I thought about it just for the glass containers but passed not knowing what the stuff was. Also had some stuff called Pakostat? which I figured was in the same family.

    Any info on pakostat?

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    Hello,
    The dryer you have purchased is a fine one, check to be sure the canvas is not contaminated with fixer or hypo clearing agent. It can be washed in a regular washing machine, spin dry then put back on dryer and run it until it is dried. Pakosol is a wonderful flatining agent, I have used it for more than fifty years with absolutely no ill effect. I have many prints from those early days that appear to be unchanged since they were made. I used to do a lot of work for the USFS and they required archival prints. Mine were all made using Pakosol. I know of no professional using it that doesn't like it.

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    Charlie...

    The canvas is kind of dirty. I guess I will wash it before I dry prints that I really like. I still can't believe the price I got it for!

    Thanx,
    Jamusu.
    Last edited by jamusu; 02-15-2008 at 06:05 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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