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Re: VDB nasty staining problem

hi scott

just curious as to what paper you typically use with your VDB process. I've been using Stonehenge white with palladium but I wasn't totally happy with the colour of the prints; they have a hint of olive green in the brown. I'm going to try platinum toner and see how that looks.
do you use tap water (with citric acid added) for your initial clearing baths? I've never had staining problems either until now that I'm also working with the gold toner. 


On 3-May-07, at 10:30 PM, Weber, Scott wrote:

OK since I am a devoted VDB printer I will add my process. I rinse in 3
successive baths of water with a small amount of acidic acid. Followed by a
wash of 3-4 minutes in fresh water. Then toned in palladium directly into 5%
hypo never had a stain problem. I know we all have our own methods that work
for our own particular work, and this is the beauty of these processes but I
am always interested to share these eclectic methods.


Scott Weber

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thu 5/3/2007 3:42 PM
Subject: RE: VDB nasty staining problem


I'm always open to new methods. I'll give it a go sometime.


-----Original Message-----
From: sam wang [mailto:stwang@bellsouth.net] 
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: VDB nasty staining problem


I should have said film strength Rapid Fixer, as least that's what she

Yeah, I would have expected a blank print, but the DMax was quite deep.
Maybe it's the Weston paper she used?!


On May 3, 2007, at 9:57 AM, Don Bryant wrote:


An interesting side note: one of my students made quite good VD prints 
using undiluted Rapid Fixer, which I always thought would bleach the 
print. Just goes to show there are many ways to skin the cat, so to 

Yikes! Rapid fixer. Can you share any details Sam?



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