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I have a horrible time with dust on my negatives, which then messes up my prints. Does anyone have any suggestions of how I may get the dust specs off. I bottle my chemicals after using them, also I have tried using distilled water. I need help!!!!! Thank you!
-- Anonymous, February 14, 1998
i'm not really sure when you encounter this problem, is it after you develop them or when you try to print? You may actually think you are encountering this problem when you develop them, but its most likely going to be after you develop them. Maybe you should try this: when you are done developing and washing them and you are ready to dry them, try to put them in a small closet that will minimize the dust. After you cut the negs, wipe them with a piece of tissue (not just any tissue, there is a special type made for photography that you can find in a photography store but i can't think of the name of it) and put them in archival sheets. These sheets are very handy. Each sheet holds 35 frames and i got a 25 pack for $5.95. When you are ready to print, you might want to whip the neg off again with the tissue and use a can of compressed air to blow off any remaining dust. This should minimize your problem greatly.
-- Anonymous, May 24, 1998