drying negatives

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drying negatives

Postby kittymonterey » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:27 am

I dont have photo flow or hypo clear. How can I dry my negatives so that I dont get water marks, without those substances...sponges...any suggestions...or do i absolutly need a substance...what can i do till i get my hands on one and what one is best/cheapest?
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i figured it out

Postby kittymonterey » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:14 pm

well seems like they dry just fine on their own...its scary at first but the bubbles go away. i should have guessed.
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Re: drying negatives

Postby Ornello » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:39 pm

kittymonterey wrote:I dont have photo flow or hypo clear. How can I dry my negatives so that I dont get water marks, without those substances...sponges...any suggestions...or do i absolutly need a substance...what can i do till i get my hands on one and what one is best/cheapest?


It is difficult to get spot-free negatives without a wetting agent. Try dish detergent.
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Postby Jim Appleyard » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:39 pm

Kitty, DO NOT use dish detergent! What a stupid thing to recommend to someone!
Dish detergents contain dyes, alcohols and who knows what other things that may be harmful to your film.

Get some Kodak Photo-flo or the equivilent. You took time to create the images before you. Do you want your negs to look good in 30 years? The answer is, yes. If you didn't want them for the future, you wouldn't take them in the first place/ Don't mess them up with something like dish detergent. Do what's best for your negs.
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Postby Jim Appleyard » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:48 pm

Read this thread, in particular, Photo Engineer's post. He's retired from Kodak and knows his stuff.

http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/4491 ... flo-2.html
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Postby Ornello » Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:31 am

Jim Appleyard wrote:Kitty, DO NOT use dish detergent! What a stupid thing to recommend to someone!
Dish detergents contain dyes, alcohols and who knows what other things that may be harmful to your film.

Get some Kodak Photo-flo or the equivilent. You took time to create the images before you. Do you want your negs to look good in 30 years? The answer is, yes. If you didn't want them for the future, you wouldn't take them in the first place/ Don't mess them up with something like dish detergent. Do what's best for your negs.


I was offering a suggestion to use dish detergent in an emergency. Of course he should use photo-flo.
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Postby Keith Tapscott. » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:48 am

Jim Appleyard wrote:Kitty, DO NOT use dish detergent!

Get some Kodak Photo-flo or the equivalent. You took time to create the images before you. Do what's best for your negs.

I agree 100%. It is false economy to use anything other than a PROPER photographic wetting agent.
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