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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    Up until about a month ago I used a 16x20 Premier 2-sided dryer that I bought new from Adorama ~ 2008. I dedicated one side for color and the other for B&W - always placing the prints face-up to the canvas. Then I bought an Arkay RC1100 from a forum member for a very good price and now use it exclusively for prints up to 11x14. Greg hadn't used the Arkay for years and at first a pronounced "mildew" was emmitted when turned on. However that odor has slowly disappated and I expect it to shortly totally disappear. I still use the Premier for 16x20 RC, a hand dryer for larger RC, and Calumet racks for all fiber.

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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    I use a two sided one for drying prints fast, sometimes for ferrotyping and also for flattening dry prints. To flatten dry prints I crank the heat all the way up, stack the prints, close the top and then turn off the heat. When the bed is cool the prints will be flat. I also use a sheet of hot press watercolor paper to keep the canvas clean although I never put a print in it unless it is completely washed. If you need to wash the canvas put it back on the drier while it is wet otherwise it will never go back on!

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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    I used to have an old Pako and an Arkay many years ago. I dry all my prints on screens and have for years. For fiber base prints I believe it's the only way to go. No electricity needed.

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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    Thanks for all the great input guys! I looked at the old dryer I have, and it should be pretty easy to remove the canvas and clean it (it's pretty ugly). I'll take some tosser test prints and put them in there and see if I like it or not...who knows. I don't have room for big screens, but I can probably build some smaller ones and see how they work too. I like the idea of using the dryer to flatten dry prints, I'll give that a go too.
    Thanks guys!

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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    Yes I use 'em. To see drydown effect when I'm choosing an exposure time, not to flatten prints.

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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Renato Tonelli View Post
    I have a Premier drum-type dryer; the canvas has water stains. Haven't use it since the late 1980's. If anyone wants it, send me a PM; it's your for the shipping cost.
    PM sent!

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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    I still have mine... Use it every once in a while.

    I assume you already know this, but just in case, DO NOT USE IT WITH RC PAPER!!!!!

    You will have a nice sticky mess if you do.
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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Renato Tonelli View Post
    I have a Premier drum-type dryer; the canvas has water stains. Haven't use it since the late 1980's. If anyone wants it, send me a PM; it's your for the shipping cost.
    Still here, taking up space ---

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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    I might be able to make the claim that I've got the only proper ferrotyping operation in Oregon. A truly glossed fb print is quite a thing to behold.
    My darkroom used to be a meat freezer.

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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    I use one ONLY to dry work prints for review under proper lighting.

    Final prints get dried on a drying rack that's been cleaned using about a 10% solution of bleach.

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