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using paterson film squeegee

Gerald Whyte , Jul 10, 1997; 12:03 a.m.

I use a paterson film squeegee to remove the excess water from film after developing. I have noticed what look like scuff marks (not quite scratches) on the emulsion side of the film. Could this be due to the squeegee, how much pressure should be applied to the squeegee to remove water?


Steve Bingham , Jul 10, 1997; 02:03 a.m.

Gerald, A few suggestions. Really make sure the squeege is CLEAN. Make sure it has been soaking in a photoflo solution before you use it. Squeeze out the excess. Drag lightly, but tilt the squeege slightly.

A second method is to use a wet sponge squeege. A third method is to use a wet sponge on one side at a time. A fourth method (newspaper photographers use this one). Drag the film between the first and second fingers. A finger squeege! A fifth method is to use lint free tissue, fold it, and use a single wipe down each side. Be sure to use a new section of tissue for each swipe. A sixth (expensive) solution is to use a squeege with a quick drying solution. Your film dries in minutes.

Hope this helps. Also, Photoflo can sometimes leave a dull film on your negatives. This usually means the solution is too strong, the solution is dirty, or the water is too hard. Use distiled water. Steve

Barry Pehlman , Jul 10, 1997; 07:54 a.m.

Here is a 7th method: Buy a Kinderman film dryer. They are very small and will hold four 35mm reels or two 120s with the extender. Use Photo flo. Your film will be dust, scratch, and glunk free plus dried in record time.

Dan Brown , Jul 10, 1997; 08:58 a.m.

Get rid of the squeegee. Use Photoflo made with distilled water. With your hands very clean, wet you index finger and middle finger with Photoflo and pull the film (also wet with Photoflo) between your fingers, which are held straight and gently together. Don't worry about getting every bit of water off the film, the Photoflo will leave it clean and neat.

My experience with squeegees is that they work well at first, but after a few rolls, they go bad and leave scuff marks, as you indicated. Don't ask me why.

Dan Smith , Jul 12, 1997; 05:24 p.m.

Another method that works well is to photo flo, hang the film to dry & leave it. No squeegee, no scratching, no nothing. It works for me.

Gerald Whyte , Jul 13, 1997; 07:35 p.m.

Thanks for the advice, anyone out there want to buy a used squeegee?

Tom Johnston , Jul 24, 1997; 12:44 p.m.

No. Sorry. I have one I never use too.

My two cents worth: Do just as Dan said above. It works the best for me too. That is, use PhotoFlo in distilled water and just hang the film with out doing anything.

Mickey Mouse , Oct 23, 2001; 02:46 a.m.

I used to drie my film in the way Dan explained (photflow in distilled water and then doing nothing). I still have drying marks. Last week I bought a patterson squeegee and got the same scuff marks as Gerald. And is was a very clean one, that had never been used. Grrrr. I hate Patterson!

Anyway, I'm going to try the "fingers" method, maybe that will work.

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