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    I volunteer in a classroom darkroom. Our trays get pretty dirty pretty quickly, especially toward the end of the semester. At any rate, we generally use Softscrub and an abrasive sponge, but a jar of Pec Photofinish turned up one day, and that stuff is amazing. I don't recall that it smells, in fact I think it's probably less annoying than the lemon scent of the Softscrub, and it's really much more effective. Anyway, it's great stuff and it really works.
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    brian,
    It's Mr. Clean magic eraser. Houseware, detergent aisle at the grocery.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Magic Eraser! They really are magic. As a bonus, they make a great stylus cleaner for your turntable.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Has anyone here tried baking soda and table salt as a scrubbing paste?

    Eli

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    Quote Originally Posted by nawagi View Post
    Bartender's Friend works great.
    Ditto.

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    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Clean my trays at the end of each session, tends to help quite a bit. Just a quick soap + rinse.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    It may be a given since it hasn't been mentioned, but I mark my trays by what was in them first and always repeat the same chemicals and trays. Any residue will not contaminate the next time the tray is filled.

    Last weekend I had a thread on getting rid of old fixer smells. Chazzy suggested 409. I washed stainless and plastic trays, painted wood table tops, stainless sink, old fixer storage gallon jugs for transporting to silver recovery and even a 2x6 foot rubber floor mat. Everything looked, and more important to my wife, smelled better.

    John Powers

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    Actually, about the tray order, I almost always use the following colors:

    White: Developer.
    Red: Stop-bath.
    Tan: Fixer.
    Green: Holding tray.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    tray cleaner

    I use Dr. Bronners magic soap after each session....the tip about using the same trays for each chemical is the proper way to work...
    Best, Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    Actually, about the tray order, I almost always use the following colors:

    White: Developer.
    Red: Stop-bath.
    Tan: Fixer.
    Green: Holding tray.
    Funny thing, I use the same convention.

    Actually, it is because white works the best for comparing the images during development. Red because of "Stop" in stop bath. ... Green as in "good to go"

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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