Reduce scarring when spotting prints
Being a competent spotter is very handy. I was rubbish and am now reasonable (certainly not great) having had to work on some serious 'damage' to a print - Spanish Olive. It has some flare issues (while the second frame shot a few moments later does not...but it was developed in HC110 (rather than Exactol Lux)and has not the same edge or tonality, nor has the sun starbursted in the same way, the angle being different to the branches). I therefore had to make it work with this neg. I actually have a faint hexagon to disappear on one branch and a bright segment of hexagon on the other As the print is split in selenium,, it has olive green blacks and plums - Nightmare. After many attempts (washing the dye out when mistakes were made) I got it completely indistinguishble apart from some minor emulsion scarring. If you have ever had this problem of scarring, I have found a good fix for glossy papers! Once the spotting is good (apart from scarring visible when light is at certain angle to print, dry mount it to board. This is essential. Next spray the finest mist possible onto aflicted area using a gardening spray bottle and allow the emulsion to absorb. As you have dry mounted it you will get no bobbly raised or depressed bits if a bigger drop of water lands on the dry print (I found this a big problem until I drymounted it. I also found that by holding the print vertically and spraying lightly from a distance, blobs fell short of teh print (drizzing out of the nozze) but the mist hit the mark) Spray very very lightly until the affected area has absorbed a tiny amount of water - there will be some swelling of the emulsion, which should subside a few moments later as the water is taken into the emulsion in general. Reintroduce into dry mounting press in a mount board sandwich, using silicone release paper over the print and press DO NOT DO THIS IS The EMULSION IS TOO TACKY AS IT MAY PARTIALLY GLAZE THAT AREA MAKING IT VERY SHINY.... After doing this the scarring was all but gone resulting in the spotting only being visible if pointed out and then with difficulty. I think the scarring was as a result of having to apply so many washes of dilute ink, of varied colour, to get the match right. A real pain, but prevented one of my favourite images hitting the bin! Hope it helps.