Film reels jamming (Developer tank)

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Christopher Loffredo, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Follow-up:

    I finally got around to developing another batch of film, having
    previously thoroughly scrubbed the reels with my electric toothbrush
    (with and old brush, of course :) ).

    Anyway, despite a large dinner accompanied by a notable ammount of wine,
    the loading was more than successful: I couldn't believe I was using the
    same reels; they loaded smoothly and practically without any resistance
    at all. I suppose keeping the reels perfectly clean really is important...

    Thanks for all the answers!
    Christopher Loffredo, Apr 16, 2008
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  2. Christopher Loffredo

    ____ Guest

    More than likely it was all that wine in your system, better check again
    tomorrow you may just think you loaded and processed the film :)
    ____, Apr 17, 2008
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  3. Around 1980 or so, Paterson made a batch of reels that had a teflon coating.
    At one time I owned some. They were slightly off pink. Film would slide
    on them easily even if damp.

    Unfortunately, I had to sell off all of my darkroom stuff in 1996 when
    I moved here and they went with it. Now that I'm developing film again
    (or at least trying to), and my fingers are that much less dexterous,
    I wish I still had them.

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Apr 17, 2008
  4. I did double-check the floor a few times after loading...

    Christopher Loffredo, Apr 17, 2008
  5. If the cleaning hadn't worked, as a last-ditch attempt I was going to
    treat the reels with with a water-repellant spray I use on my Gore-Tex
    jackets (developing a test roll first to make sure the substance doesn't
    find its way on to the negatives).

    Could work, as the treated surfaces (jacket) feel nice and slippery and
    the treatment does last a while & isn't easily washed away.
    Christopher Loffredo, Apr 17, 2008
  6. Christopher Loffredo

    John Guest

    The wine! We forgot to tell you that part! Always wine before loading!

    A word of warning to my fellow Irishmen - Old Rodinal can look like Guinness
    so be careful.
    John, Apr 17, 2008
  7. Christopher Loffredo

    John Guest

    'tis a good idea to look about ye after a several pints. Might be quarters
    right before ye. And _then_ pick yerself off the floor.
    John, Apr 17, 2008
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