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RE: Print Dryers

Thanks, Bob and Dan, for your input.  I was planning to use the print dryer for washed Pt/Pd prints, not freshly coated paper.  Out here in Hell (the Phoenix, AZ area), the humidity is generally so low that coated paper dries in no time at all.  The problem is that I usually run 30 to 40 prints—sometimes more—at a go, so I’ve got drying screens everywhere.  After the prints are nearly dry, but still cool to the touch, I interleave them with blotter paper and press them in a homemade cold press for a day or so.  I was just wondering whether there was a “better” way that wouldn’t do any harm to the substrate or image.  I keep mulling building a drying cabinet, but the allure of not having to press the prints has me thinking about a print dryer that does both.




From: Dan Burkholder [mailto:fdanb@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 6:56 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: Print Dryers


The print dryer that Jon Edwards sells (www.eepjon.com) uses a gentle and controllable heat that circulates over the prints. I use it to dry coated prints but and wouldn't use it for drying washed prints given its contamination with coating dust and such but there no reason it wouldn't make a swell dryer for washed prints if you used it for just that task. The dryer I have is actually his prototype and it has been working wonderfully for about 12 years. I sure don't miss waving a hair dryer back and forth all day long. ;^)


Hope this helps,





On Jul 11, 2008, at 8:49 PM, Schuyler Grace wrote:

Is anyone on the list using a heated print dryer (Premier or Arkay, for example) to dry Pt/Pd or other alt prints?  I was considering buying one to replace and/or augment air drying on screens, but I leery of anything that uses heat on a print, dry mount presses included.