CAP 40 processor- washing l-o-n-g prints : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Hello all Does anyone have any experience in washing large (16"x48" and 12"x36") ilfochrome panoramic prints after being processed from a CAP40? My concern is by the time the end of the print emegers form the processor the fixer will be well and truly dry, and may either be damaging to the print quality or too hard to remove when washing. Perhaps someone out there has an idea or experince in washing the print progressively as it emegres from a processor such as this????? ie something like a homemade wash unit like the ICP/IWD

Thanks for any info you can provide.

-- Phil Brammer (, November 22, 2001


I don't see the problem. Just let the paper spill into the sink, or a bowl of water. If it doesn't roll itself up naturally as it comes out of the processor, then just give it a curl in the right direction.
Feed speed is about what? 6 inches a minute? A 6 minute break between fixer and wash won't do any harm in any case.

-- Pete Andrews (, November 22, 2001.

The problem with glossy Ilfochrome is that the edge of the polyester sheet can damage the gelatin surface when it's rolled wet. I would use a section of the plastic profiles that are used to hang posters, inserting the edge of the sheet in it when it comes out of the CAP. But you might have to do that in the dark depending on the length of your sheet, which seems uneasy. The paper based Ilfochrome should not be that delicate.

-- Paul Schilliger (, November 23, 2001.

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