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RE: what to do with brush between pt/pd coating?

There should be very, very little solution actually in the brush when coating or after.  This is why we're told to charge the brush with distilled water (and shake it out a few times), so that we're using the brush to push solution around on the paper. When I am done coating a sheet (I coat and print one at a time), I rinse the brush in filtered tap water, then in distilled, and hang it to dry. Next time I use it in the same session, I charge it in distilled water, shake it off and coat.   When I rinse it in filtered water I typically see only the slightest trace of reddish brown in the water.  Hope that helps. It's what I was told by Carl Weese in a workshop and more or less appears in his book and a couple of others.

Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:42:39 -0800
From: viapiano@pacbell.net
Subject: what to do with brush between pt/pd coating?
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca

Hi all...
It occurred to me recently to ask this seemingly simple question...please excuse my apparent ignorance.
If I am coating several 8x10 sheets in one coating session, what should I do with the brush between coatings?
Surely, I shouldn't have to clean it between each one and lose precious solution that is soaked in the bristles...