Bill, I suggest reviewing Ilford's washing/toning instructions as well as Kodak's (see link below):
I have a couple of questions about your processes which may or may not be related:
1) While I don't use Kodak Rapid Fixer specifically, are you sure about the 6 minute fixing time? That seems awfully long for a rapid fix, which could make it much harder to wash effectively (I'm also assuming you don't add any hardener).
2) In your second procedure, do the prints simply go directly from fixer to a standing water tray? If there isn't at least a thorough rinsing first, it seems the fixer would continue working (perhaps unevenly since there is no agitation) and remain in the paper while it is in the soaking tray, since it would be quite slow to diffuse out in a tray of standing water.
3) In your first method in which the paper receives a full 2hr wash, why would you leave it soak overnight? Why not let it dry and then re-wet the next day? While such greatly extended wet times may or may not impact brighteners and paper stability (tests would need to be done), surely it cannot help.
4) It would seem when one is rushed it might be best to include a hypo clearing agent in the process.
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