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View Poll Results: Do you use a Sqeegee on your negs?

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    I tried a squeegee once-- it scratched the crap outta my negs!! I've never used one since, except on prints. Photo-flo and distilled water is sufficient, and never use anything INCLUDING fingers to wipe water from negs-PERIOD.
    Rick

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    Used one, a long time ago.
    After that I use(d) a shammy, works better for me.

    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by billschwab View Post
    In my experience, if you're getting that much "suds" on the film, you're using too much photoflo and that can cause problems as well. A couple drops will break surface tension and is enough IMO.
    Very good point, thank you.
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    I can only guess that with some reporting good results with removing excess liquid off of a negative and others who have had bad results, that it may be because of one or more of the following:

    1. Film has no hardener
    2. Fix has no hardener
    3. Operator used to much pressure
    4. Operator used contaminated squeegee


    For what its worth:
    I use Kodak and Ilford almost exclusively
    I probably used Kodak Fix w hardener, although I also used Ilford fix with no hardener with same results, that is, no problems.
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    Never for me.

    R.O water for the whole process and a final soak in R.O water plus Isopropyl alcohol.

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    Thank you thank you guys - I ditched my squeegee after reading this thread and voila, no more tramlines!! w00t

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    I make a "pad" of a cotton graphic arts material called "Webril", soak it in P-flo, dry it off as much as possible, rolling the side of a SS tank over it against a clean surface, then gently swab the roll of film once, end to end, each side. Nothing on sheet film.

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    The Squeegee manufacturers and sellers of the world must be demoralized. I better stock up know. :rolleyes:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralnphot View Post
    I tried a squeegee once-- it scratched the crap outta my negs!! I've never used one since, except on prints. Photo-flo and distilled water is sufficient, and never use anything INCLUDING fingers to wipe water from negs-PERIOD.
    Rick
    You had crap on your negs?



    Seriously, that was my very first experience in photo 101 in High School. The teacher nearly beat us over the head that we needed to squeegee all negs, period, end of story. I had prior dark room experience in Junior High in the print shop and I recalled my teacher then talking about squeegee's causing scratches on negs, no matter how delicately you tried to use them. So after my first roll in High School with what looked like high power lines running straight through most of them (gee, I don't remember high power lines on that still life photo, or that girl's face... hmmmmmmm) I decided to just leave the squeegee part out completely. But I didn't tell the teacher. My next set of negs came out perfect! I think the teacher made us use the squeegee so he could provide instruction for touching up final prints. Interestingly enough my prints didn't need touching up so much after that first roll. It was my secret.

    20 years later I'm back at photography again. Got water spots on first few rolls. Asked around... and Jason Brunner gave me a little secret that only he and I know (shhhhhhh!) Now I stick to Photoflo and fingers which have been moistened up for a few minutes and quickly tap dried on my shirt so as to remove the possibility of any callous from also causing problems.
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    I squeegee negatives but not for water spots. At a dark room workshop, it was suggested that negatives that were squeegeed had fewer defects (clumps of grain?) and produced prints requiring less spotting. I use a double wiper squeegee made for that purpose and never scratch negatives (mostly 120). I dip it in photo flo prior to swiping the film.

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