RE: Weston Diploma Parchment
So this is the 'new' Weston? I've never had the finger oil or fading issue you are describing with the old stock. Also, I reserve Kodak HCA for harder to clear papers. I have found my Weston prints to almost totally visually clear in a 4 minute PotOx development cycle and 1 minute water rinse, and my clearing agent is just inexpensive and mild baths of citric acid.
From: Jon Reid <email@example.com>
Sent: 10/22/2008 11:46:26 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Subject: Weston Diploma Parchment
Just following on from this mornings post.
Here are a few pics of my clearing baths showing how yellow the first
bath became. I'm sure the clearing bath was reducing somewhat the
'warmth' of the paper. Only two 5x7 prints had been in this bath when
the pics were taken. It is Kodak Hypo-Clear. Others have complained
about its wet strength, which I found to be ok. What really surprised
me was how easily/readily it absorbed grease from my fingers hands.
The act of tearing up a 11x14 sheet into smaller pieces has left that
large palm-print on the paper which you can see as the really yellow
bit. This then clears and takes the image with it! Obviously if I was
printing anything other than tests I'd use full sheets and not handle
any part related to the image but I've never had that issue with