Overall toning stain on print...

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by mark_gilles|1, Nov 5, 2001.

  1. Last week, I had fixed a print in non hardening fixer, properly washed it for 1 hour and let it air dry. Before toning the print last night I gave the print a good soaking in fresh water and transfered the print into a fresh batch of fixer for two minutes. I then placed the print Kodak Rapid selenium 1-10 and pulled it out when I had the split I desired. Then it went into a fresh batch of hypo clear for a minute and washed. The problem I have is a slight overall darkening of the paper base - a cream color. The print now lacks the sparkle I was after. The other prints I toned did not have this problem. Any suggestions as to what may have happened and how it may be remedied?


    Thank you all.
  2. Mark: If you've properly fixed the print the first time around, and
    then washed it, try taking the washed print and toning it. In other
    words, don't refix it before you go to the toner. If there is
    residual fixer in the print when it goes into the toner it can cause
    orange or cream colored staining.
  3. I have always been told you can go straight into the selenium toner
    from the fix. This has never worked for me. Now I go to the hypo
    clear after the fix for 3 or 4 minutes and then rinse off each print
    before going into the toner. After the toner they go back into water
    and then back to the hypo clear for another 3 or 4 minutes and then
    wash. I have no more staining problems.
  4. I know there are many different schools of thought regarding the
    toning process. Previously, I have had good results with simply
    soaking a dry, properly fixed and washed print, in a plain water bath
    prior to toning - followed by hypo clear and a wash.


    Perhaps I should clarify my question. Now that the print has this
    overall stain, is there any way to clear it? Will a another, longer
    bath of hypo clear help?


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    I konk out. This community has been a great source of inspiration
    and learning along my LF journey. Thanks again.
  5. Sorry Mark, I don't think there is any going back once you get the
    staining you are talking about. I actually have a print that I had
    the same problem with matted and hanging here in my office. It is
    still a very nice print. I probably tend to tone longer than most so
    the staining is not that unappealing to me (1:30 water and Kodak rapid
    selenium for up to 10 minutes)

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