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Old 5th May 2021, 10:21 AM
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Everybody else has already answered the question of sqeegee-ing (supremely awkward word!), so I'll answer the water drops portion. I hang my negatives in the shower after running it to knock any dust down, as mentioned above. What I do to avoid water drying marks is tie a long piece of string to the bottom film clip and use it to angle the film, pinning the string to the floor with a handy bottle of hair conditioner or whatever else is within reach. By angling the film so that the long edge of the film is toward the floor, the water runs off to the sprocket holes and, even if it leaves a drying mark, it's outside of the image area.
Now that is a really great idea for those who don't have a film drying tent.

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Old 5th May 2021, 11:25 AM
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Just out of curiosity, has anyone tried adding a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to wetting agent as an means of helping the water off the surface.

Now one for the Barry, I think. Why does the text put a red line under the word isopropyl? As far as I can ascertain this is the correct spelling in both U.K. English and U.S. English

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Old 5th May 2021, 03:24 PM
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Mention of the ZEROSTAT Anti Static Gun reminded me of my attempts to see if anything was actually happening when I squeezed the trigger.

I took a neon indicator lamp from a scrapped electric kettle and twisted one lead so that it would connect with the the metal needle shrouded in the nozzle of the gun. When I squeezed the trigger the neon glowed.
Do not touch the bare wires when squeezing as it gave me an unexpected shock.

The other test that I tried was using Sellotape.
I have often seen the tape attract to itself after pulling a length from the roll, static being the obvious cause.

I peeled off a couple of strips about four inches long and stuck one end of each piece to the edge of a bookshelf.
The tape is slightly bowed, but when the gun is aimed at the strips the taped bends and unbends. So it is definitely having an effect.

I bought my gun probably about thirty years ago and it is still going strong.

As to squeegees, I had one but only used it a few times, as I never really trusted the thing.

I just hold the film by each end and see saw it through a pudding basin containing water and a drop of wetting agent. The way we developed film before developing tanks became the norm.
Once it is hung up I take hold of opposite edges of the film using forefinger and thumb and slide down the film once to run the heavy accumulation that forms at the edges.
No scratches and no water marks, but do go lightly with the wetting agent.


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Old 6th May 2021, 12:52 PM
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Just out of curiosity, has anyone tried adding a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to wetting agent as an means of helping the water off the surface.

Now one for the Barry, I think. Why does the text put a red line under the word isopropyl? As far as I can ascertain this is the correct spelling in both U.K. English and U.S. English

Mike
Mike, in the distant past, after reading about what press photographers used to do, when they needed a film to print asap, I followed their lead and filled a developing tank FULL of isopropyl alcohol and then dunked a washed film in it for about a minute. The film definitely dried quicker. I only did it once or twice until I read somewhere about adverse effects to the films longevity, doing it this way. But I'm sure if the internet had been around, the following week I would have found something to say the opposite. I've never been in such a hurry since to process a film, so have not done this sequence since.

Oh, and as for the underlining of the words isopropyl alcohol, I found this advice in the English-Ukrainian Dictionary, of all places:

Translation memories are created by human, but computer aligned, which might cause mistakes. They come from many sources and are not checked. Be warned.

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Old 6th May 2021, 02:29 PM
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That's one way to do it, but in the very dim and distant past a local press photographer, needing to print for the evening paper, and with a very short deadline, rinsed the film, then soaked it in methylated sprits, the light the sprit with a match, film dried and was printed in 5 minutes, he made the deadline, I was there when it happened so I know it worked, but I have never found a need to try it myself
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I read about using alcohol on glass plates in a detective story that was written in Edwardian times.
The detective needed the prints urgently.
So the trick has been around for quite some time.

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Thanks all, and here was me thinking that a few drops might be used rather than a bucket full.

The meths trick must have been spectacular. I must admit that I consider my meths too precious for anything else other than using in it in cocktails

The purple coloured meths are ideal for "blue lagoons"

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