I'm finally getting around to working with Masa. I noticed in this post
that you say you do not size? Does that apply to your multicoat prints on
Masa as well? I've spent a solid morning in a frigid workroom shrinking and
affixing Masa and I don't want to mess it all up.
On Dec 1, 2007 11:02 AM, Loris Medici <
> I got much better results - but there's still plenty of room for
> improvement methinks, will share them soon...
> But, the bleach I use is 55% sodium hypochlorite, not 5% as yours
> (many sodium hypochlorite based bleach brands in Turkey are 55%).
> For bleach development, I use 2x the amount of pigment I would
> normally use, I cut the dichromate to 1/2x (5%), and exposure is
> around 3x (or 4x if I find the coating is on the thick side).
> I use 20ml of 55% bleach per liter of water. I first rinse the print
> to get rid of the dichromate then put into bleach for 1 minute (face
> down), then I put into development water for 10 minutes, then I
> evaluate the print and put into bleach for another minute - if it acts
> in a lazy manner - and continue to develop in water.
> Actually I did a wonderful print yesterday but ruined it later because
> I was a little bit impatient and pulled it early in development (I
> should give it 5-10 minutes more) and when I left it for drying (flat)
> I got serious stain (in form of bleeding).
> I get best results on unsized paper. I get flaking with sized paper -
> I don't know why!? I never managed to make an acceptable print on
> sized paper (both 3% and 6%, hardened with formalin) - kind of a curse
> I guess...
> Anyway, even if the results are very good considering they're one-coat
> gums, their Dmax is still less than what I get from properly done
> 3-coats... Will try harder.