Re: Platine nightmares
Tom, Even if you succeed in finding some of the good old Platine, permit
me to suggest that you call Daniel Smith and, first, ask if they have any
of the old stock left -- they might have some singles, perhaps too small
for your order... and they surely should know that a product they're
selling is not as ordered. There may be pressure up the line to the
manufacturer (Smith is a big customer). I would also assume they'd refund
your money on at least the unused batch.
But, incidentally, if memory serves, this isn't the first time Arches has
changed a paper without a printed announcement.
On Tue, 1 Jan 2008, Tom Hawkins wrote:
I'm doing some printing with a batch of Arches Platine received yesterday
from Daniel Smith.
I was dubious when I opened the package, because the paper felt 'spongy',
unlike the usual 'hard' surface quality of Platine. And it didn't have the
characteristic rigidity of Platine.
But, there's an 'Arches Platine' watermark.
The paper's a mess: emulsion's absorbed unevenly, and when dry, there are
crystals sitting on the surface. These leave pockmarks all over after
exposure and development.
I did side by side coatings with a 'known' sheet of Platine. The 'known'
sheet behaved as expected.
I'm at the end of a project that was printed with Platine, so I have no
choice but to continue with this 'brand' of paper. And when it's good, it's
The project has to be completed by Tuesday of next week.
Any suggestions for a 'reliable' source?
I live near the SF Bay area, so could drive to the city to buy a few sheets
from someone, if they're willing to sell me a bit. Or if anyone knows of a
retail supplier in SF, I'd be grateful for a name.