After getting home from work today I ran Test #2 which (if you are following the saga) is that test strip that got the hardener and no photo-flo rinse. Here was the protocol:
Ambient temp: 74 F
Development: 10 min stock XTOL
Wash/Stop: 1 min plain water
Fix: 5 min
Results: no frilling, no stripping and the gelatin in the treated area of the strip stayed put. Frilling was evident on the untreated part of the strip - which was to be expected. So now I have a controlled sample of one (lol) that has worked. Yay!
PE, I can't check for fogging on this one because this strip was coated in the light. It was just easier that way. I will check on the next one though. But the DMAX is fantastic!
Also, today, I ran across a relevant paper on prepping PET films doing a comparison of using NaOH and some sort of enzyme. Later tonight I will post either the paper or a link. It's from the fabric industry but the gist is that prepping PET in this way is a common practice.
PS: Has anyone tried to replicate my results?