Photoco bottles

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by JRieke, May 1, 2009.

  1. JRieke

    JRieke Member

    Apr 12, 2009
    Medium Format
    I'm looking for clarification here. I read another thread that said I shouldn't use HDPE bottles for developer. I asked why all the photo shops sell bottles for developer that are made of HDPE then. The only response I got was that sometimes the bottles are made of two different plastics and might be ok. I have a dozen of these things and need to know if they are actually safe to use. Of course the store I got them from said yes but now I read different! (This was the same store that told me no one made graded paper anymore, all I could get was multigrade!)

    Someone please clarify before I ruin a batch of developer.
  2. AgX

    AgX Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Multi Format
    HDPE bottles can be used used for developers as stock solution. They are offered for that by the industry (Jobo etc.).

    Storing concentrated lye in a HDPE bottle would be something different.
    And the permeability for oxygen is an issue. PET bottles are said to be less permeable. But this will also depend on thickness. Furthermore outside the photographic field there are co-extruded bottles and bottles with certain inner coatings (for beer etc.) on the market. That means that even if a bottle is stated to be of a certain plastic that does not neccessarily mean that it is pure in every case.