I am wondering what fluids wet mounters are using to mount their films to flat beds or drums, and when mounting to a flat bed, do you find it necessary to use a backing piece of glass or mylar? or do you prefer just to wet mount to the bed and leave it at that?
I was looking at the commercial fluids from Aztec etc, but was wondering if anyone had come up with anything cheaper/free at home?
Water with sugar diluted in it should be optically clear enough, provide enough viscousity to hold the film flat and would be easy to clean off... Other things I considered are Isopropyl alcohol, vodka? baby oil (would be hard to clean off)
Anyone tried things at home and had success? I figure isopropyl is not particularly good for the scanner bed being a fairly aggressive solvent...
Would love to hear what other people think..