I don't disagree that this isn't an abuse of this material. While it may be difficult to make a good print from this material I don't think that it is impossible. Some subjects may even benefit from the lower contrast. I was actually surprised at how well these prints came out considering that this was done without prior preparation to the machine making the prints (not that I think that they would have made adjustments even if I asked).
I obviously need to experiment with this material to see what it can do. Results to be posted in the forum.