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Old 14th February 2011, 08:59 AM
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I'm looking at print washing and was wondering what to do
I see that a nova or silverprint 20x24 printwasher is about 500
not that I will be doing that size all the time but would like to do some
if I do buy one that size can I do smaller prints or is that a pain ?
is there another way of washing big prints ideally without using 100s of gallons of water
I was thinking I could just stick them in the bath and leave it over flowing but that seems a bit wasteful

what to do

thanks

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Old 14th February 2011, 09:28 AM
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For the odd time I would do bigger prints I used an old print tray with holes drilled in the bottom,and after using Hypo clear I never had any problems,You can only wash one print at a time using this method, but after the hypo clear you can be washing one print while working on the next, I have used this method for a number of years without a problem,Richard
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Old 14th February 2011, 09:35 AM
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Robin,
You can do smaller pints in these slot washers. 20x16 is a big washer and it may be wise to look at the 12x16 size instead and do something else for 20x16 prints ( a big tray?). Two of our sponsors sell new and used print washers (Nova and SDS). It is well worth thinking about a good used one as they have no electrical or moving parts. If water useage is a worry it might be wise to use RCP papers as they can be washed in minutes.

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Old 14th February 2011, 09:48 AM
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You can wash any size print, it makes no difference. I sometimes wash 5x4 sheet film in a 24x24 print washer.

Prints can be washed in a tray 2 at a time back to back using the diffusion method. Rinse prints then hypo clear then soak and change water every 10min for up to 1hr. A hypo test kit will tell you if the prints are washed.

You can eliminate the hypo clear if you use an alkali fixer like TF3.

BTW I found a mint 24x24 washer on feepay for around 100.
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