Xtol Shelf Life

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Rob, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. Rob

    Rob Guest

    Hi All,

    Could someone please tell me the shelf life of Xtol in its original
    packaging. I have some that is 3 years old and was wondering if it is still


    Rob, Aug 7, 2003
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  2. Kodak had problems with the one liter size and finally
    discontinued it. Not all packages failed. About the only way
    to tell is to open it and seen whats in it. If the small
    package feels hard or mushy its probably bad. It will
    proabably also smell bad and be brown. I would try rather
    than just discarding it. Most other photo chemicals will be
    OK for this period of time.
    Richard Knoppow, Aug 8, 2003
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    Jorge Omar Guest

    Possibly the only sure way would be to mix the dev and do a clip test
    with some film leader.
    If it turns black (compare to normal development film) then it's OK.

    Jorge Omar, Aug 8, 2003
  4. As long as the smaller package's contents are free-flowing and not caked, it
    should be fine. Run a test before committing crucial film to it.

    Jim MacKenzie, Aug 8, 2003
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    Lyle Gordon Guest

    you could also put a drip on some paper in the light and it should turn
    Lyle Gordon, Aug 10, 2003
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