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

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    Squeegee or no Squeegee

    Do you use a squeegee?

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    Film or paper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mooseontheloose View Post
    Film or paper?
    The poll says "negs."

    I have never needed to squeegee my negatives. After bathing them in Photoflo, they're usually hanged completely dry with an hour or two.

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    I squeegee with my fingers -- always have, probably always will. Never have scratched a neg in 30+ years that way.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Right, use photoflow and my fingers. Always worked for me. I can see using a squeegee, but I would be afraid it had collected dirt and would scratch my negs.
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    Ditto to what Vaughn said (for roll film only).
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    what vaughn says for me too if it is roll film,
    BUT if 4x5 or bigger i hang by a corner
    and let them take a nap ..
    paper negatives on the other hand,
    i squeegee with a windshield wiper, as i do my prints ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    ...BUT if 4x5 or bigger i hang by a corner
    and let them take a nap...
    Same here...though I take a paper towel and dab off the big drip in the lower corner of sheet film a few times to speed drying.

    How many of us see-saw roll film in the photo-flo? Old habits die hard! (Plus I never get photo-flo on my SS reels this way!)

    Vaughn
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    I have an old wiper blade cut in half that I have used since the '70s, dip it in wetting agent and with the film hanging I give each side one wipe. No scratches or I would have given it up years ago.

    I remember starting out, I bought a stainless steel device with two sponges at the end. It worked fine for a couple of sessions then it was scratch hell so I ditched it.
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    I don't use a squeegee (or fingers) on any of my negs, roll film or 5x4. I don't find it necessary, and it means one less potential problem.

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