Been doing this for decades. I do add one extra wash. This is works well because all the water is exchanged. DO not use hardening fix or you will be back to 25 min wash.Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry 8300: BlackBerry8300/220.127.116.11 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)
Just use the Ilford wash method for film. It's archival and uses a minimal amount of water.
DO not use hardening fix or you will be back to 25 min wash.
Yes.I use a hardening fixer (Kodafix) with a hypo clear,a 5-10-20 Ilford wash followed by a drop of PhotoFlo in a single roll 35mm tank. Do I need to use an extended wash? If so could you please explain why?
Have just processed 5 rolls of 120 film this morning and as I was washing them I started to think about the amount of water I use when printing and processing my B&W work.
Water restrictions are coming into effect yet again in South Australia this summer (and also over this past winter!!) and I want to reduce the amount of H2O I use as much as possible. I do use a print washer, but even then it seems to use copious amounts or am I imagining things??
How do you wash your prints and films to use the least amount of water possible?
Because the hardener hardens the gelatin, which makes it more difficult to wash out the water soluble compounds created when the fixer reacts with the unexposed and undeveloped silver halides.
Kodak recommends using hypo clear followed by a 5 minute trickle (one complete change of water in 5 minutes) wash.
+1There are many arguments concerning washing, so opinions vary.
My 2c. Diffusion, as opposed to agitation, plays the largest part in clearing negatives and prints, so time spent in water is valuable, even if the water isn't being turned over constantly, in fact the water need not be run constantly. I have a print washer, but these days I don't run it constantly. Once it is loaded I turn the water over for a few minutes and then let it soak for ten. I repeat this periodic turn over five times (with fiber prints) and then turn over for about the last ten minutes. The prints come out clear, and I use the same amount of water as if I had run the washer for only about twenty minutes, as opposed to an hour.
I never used hypo clearing agent, but i'm considering it. Any recommendations or anything in particular one should have in mind? I'm using the Ilford washing cycle but after reading this thread i wonder if the best course of action would be to wash again the negatives and use hypo clearing agent at the end. Kind of a pain since the (120) rolls are already cut for archival sleeves. What you any of the users here recommend in this case?
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