Rescuing unbleached E6 film

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    Hello,

    I have two 120 films which came very dark from the development process (including the film brand/make part of the film). If I look at the film under a bright source, I can see the traces of frames with details. My thoughts are that the bleach that I had gone bad.

    I was wondering if it is possible to bleach the film even after it has gone through the fixer? Or is this film pretty much unreachable?

    Thanks
    Andrei
     
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    Do the following:

    Wet for 1 minute at 100F.
    Follow your kit's instructions from prebleach or bleach if there is no prebleach onward.
    Dry.

    If there is no improvement, then it is probably underexposure.

    PE
     
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    Thanks PE, I will try that and send an update )
     
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    Allow me to add, that each bleach step has to be followed by a wash and a fixing step.

    Three errors can lead to dark slides: underexposure, underdevelopment and incomplete bleaching. These three can be distinguished easily:
    1. underexposure yields dark slides, but normal frame numbers and a transparent or at most light brown film leader.
    2. underdevelopment yields dark slides, dark frame numbers, but a noticeably brighter film leader
    3. incomplete bleaching leaves everything very dark, since a slide after FD and CD has silver all over the place, regardless of exposure
     
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    Hi Rudeofus,

    From the looks of it I've got number 3 in my case.
     
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    So, rebleaching revealed a better image?

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    If it's underbleached, the rebate code on the edge of the film should also be very dark and only visible under bright light
     
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    I've not done the rebleaching yet. Will try to find time over the weekend and will keep you updated.
     
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