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    Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    I recently ordered Pyrocat HD from Photographerís Formulary and the A solution looked like this:



    PF was great and immediately sent replacement chemicals. However, I received a replacement today and it is exactly the same - milky, thick and separated. Has anyone else had this problem? Iím very frustrated.


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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    This does not appear to be a common problem, never recall seeing it mentioned.

    Try placing the container in a bain-marie of water at about 130-150ļ F for half hour or so, and then agitate the bottle up and down for a few seconds. Perhaps the chemiclas will go back into solution.

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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    Thanks, Sandy. Iíll give that a try.


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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    Heated the solution for 30 minutes at 130 degrees and shook it up. No change that I can see. I will see how it looks when cooled. Any additional thoughts are appreciated.


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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    I have read of too many problems with chems from PF. My solution is that I don't even consider ordering from PF. Imix from raw chemicals ordered from B&S.

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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    If you have a scale and buy the components, it’s easy to mix up your own. (AKA, you too can be a mad scientist!)
    Keith Pitman

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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    Thatís what Iím going to do, Keith.


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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    There seem to be several threads now about Pyrocat HD problems. I switched to Pyrocat M and mix myself. Fewer components , easy to make.
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    I'll just weigh in and say i've used chemicals from Photographers Formulary, notably Pyrocat HD & M without issue for decades.

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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    HDC is one ingredient easier than HD if you wish to mix it yourself.

    Standard safety disclaimers apply for some of the chemicals when dry.... I mix it outdoors to avoid the powder in my darkroom.

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