I don't think you'd normally need a surfactant with salted paper. Both of the solutions should be readily absorbed in paper without any problems. I think your problem is:
a. uneven sensitizing/improper technique
b. paper incompatibility...

Do you tray sensitize or brush sensitize? Which paper do you use? Do you size the paper/how? Have you tried some other papers?


Quote Originally Posted by ronlamarsh View Post
I have determined I need a surfactant to get my paper properly coated. Will photoflo work? Also does one add it to my total supply of sensitizer or to just what I intend to put on the paper. Also will It help to add it to my salt solution?
I ask this because I am having a hard time getting my slat prints to come out well. Right now they come out real blotchy in spots and a very light mauve in others. So I figured my problem is that either the sensitizer, the salt solution or both are not penetrating or sloughing off during coating. I suspect my salt is soulghing off when I coat with the sensitizer as the edges of the coating outside of the negative are a very red brown and grainy yet the areas that come out right and a very cool brown also I just checked some salted paper and noticed that the surface feels gritty! Any thoughts?