Prints sticking to the bottom of the trays

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Alan Smithee, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. Alan Smithee

    Alan Smithee Guest

    OK so I'm too cheap to buy "real" developing trays. I went down to the local
    hardware store and bought "dish trays" to develop my 8X10 stock. They're
    perfect in almost everyway (cheap, size and easy to hold on to) except one,
    the prints tend to want to sit on the bottom. Is there something I can put
    in the tray to keep them floating around the tray? Marbles?
     
    Alan Smithee, Aug 24, 2004
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    Jazztptman Guest

    Alan said: >They're perfect in almost everyway (cheap, size and easy to hold on
    to) except one, the prints tend to want to sit on the bottom. Is there
    something I can put in the tray to keep them floating around the tray?
    Marbles?<<

    Alan, talk about a straight man set-up.

    Do you want people on this board saying you've lost your marbles ?

    Seriously, that should work, although depending on your agitation and print
    handling technique, you need to watch out for any abrasion marks when the
    emulsion is down if you get pressure rolling the marble against it.


    Bernie
     
    Jazztptman, Aug 24, 2004
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  3. The marbles should work, perhaps a square of fiberglas
    window screen as used for print drying layed on the bottom
    of the tray. Most photo trays have grooves or bumps in them
    to prevent this but the Cesco trays used by Platinum
    printers are flat. They are preferred for Platinum because
    they minimize the amount of solution necessary.
     
    Richard Knoppow, Aug 25, 2004
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  4. Alan Smithee

    Alan Smithee Guest

    You know what I'm going to try?! Some 1" hard rubber "super" balls or
    smaller cut in half or sectioned and glued strategically to the bottom on
    the pans. Maybe one in the centre and four in the corners a la the dimple
    idea. Silicone should hold them.
     
    Alan Smithee, Aug 25, 2004
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  5. aug2404 from Lloyd Erlick,

    Marbles are a good ol' time solution. But they mean you need
    enough solution to cover them...

    A alternative is to cut a long strip of plastic, perhaps
    from an empty bag of photo paper. Run the strip through the
    tray, with plenty of it sticking out at each end, hanginmg
    out of the tray. If you want to move the print, well just
    pull the plastic strip a bit upwards. It should be slightly
    wide, maybe two or three inches, so as not to have any
    tendency to cut into the wet print.

    This is also much cheaper than marbles. The huge savings
    will surely pay for more packs of paper to provide more
    plastic strips...

    regards,
    --le
    ________________________________
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    voice: 416-686-0326
    email:
    net: www.heylloyd.com
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    Lloyd usenet Erlick, Aug 25, 2004
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  6. Alan Smithee

    Nige Guest

    how about a couple of beads of silicon down the length of the tray

    Nige.
     
    Nige, Aug 25, 2004
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  7. Like sand?

    I'm guessing you mean "silicone".
     
    David Nebenzahl, Aug 25, 2004
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  8. Alan Smithee

    f/256 Guest

    I'd try this type of cabinet door bumpers
    http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.asp?SID=&ccurrency=1&page=40536&category=3,43738
     
    f/256, Aug 25, 2004
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    Some Dude Guest

    I hear "Pam" works. Just spray it on.




    No just kidding ;)



    Cheers,
    -sd
    http://www.zoom.sh
     
    Some Dude, Aug 27, 2004
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    PSsquare Guest

    drop a few of the plastic cocktail stirrers in the bottom.

    PSsquare
     
    PSsquare, Aug 27, 2004
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  11. REAL photo trays are cheap enough for all but the most impecunious.
    Get some and quit whining!
     
    Michael Scarpitti, Aug 28, 2004
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  12. Alan Smithee

    Dan Quinn Guest

    If you REALY want to process on the CHEAP use just one tray. Very,
    very economical of space also.
    If interested search this NG for, one tray . I use chemistry one-
    shot with one tray but chemistry can be used multiple times with
    one tray. Dan
     
    Dan Quinn, Aug 28, 2004
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