Turpentine Developer Odor a Problem?

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by philip_glass, Dec 15, 2002.

  1. Some of the paper developers I have been using recently, LPD and
    Neutol+ , have developed a strong turpentine after a few sheets. The
    odor only partially diminishes with fixing, clearing, washing and
    toning. Does this mean that there is a problem with the developer or
    will it effect the archival keeping qualities of the prints? Thanks
    for your help.
  2. Hmm, no responses yet. I dunno, Philip, I've used other paper developers but not those two. Never noticed any particular odors other than the usual developer stink that varies depending on the particular chemistry. Wonder if it might be the water you're mixing it in? Our well water wreaks havoc on our electric hot water heater - something reacts with the anode and produces a strong sulfur stink. No such problem with our gas hot water heater in the other end of the house.

    Your nose may be particularly sensitive to certain chemicals. For example, I can't stand the smell or taste of certain green veggies cooked: cauliflower, cabbage, etc. They stink of sulfur to me. I like 'em raw tho'.
  3. I've been using LPD around 30 years and have never noticed any strong smell, especially a turpentine odor. Something's rotten somewhere. Different water supply? Or different water additives for winter?

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