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    How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    It was only going to be a matter of time after switching to Kallitype printing...

    Do any of you know how to remove silver nitrate stains from a porcelain sink?

    Thank you!

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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    Try hypo fixer.

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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    In the USAF we used to process 20x20 prints in trays in a large sink. 4 of us standing at the sink. One with the dev. tray, one with a water bath, one with fixer and one with wash. This was a resin based DuPont paper in the early 60s and we would do this for hours at a time. If you had the developer tray you ended up with mahogany colored nails! At the end of the shift you would stick your hands in the fixer tray for a couple of minutes and that would clear the stain.

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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    Several things to try. Make a paste of Comet cleanser and press that on the stain, then put a damp folded paper towel over it. Leave overnight. Straight fixer can work but take many applications spread over a number of days. Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia 50/50 with repeated applications sometimes works. And sometimes, nothing works at all. If you live in Europe you can find some Silvosol that's supposed to be good.


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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    There was a product called developer system cleaner that was basically dichromate bleach. Stands to reason if you have any C41 bleach handy you can try that then scrub it with fixer and rinse.

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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    Assuming the stain is mostly metallic silver, you can rehalogenate and then use fixer to make it soluble in water.

    A solution of chlorine bleach should turn silver into silver chloride. After the stain is gone, use fresh fixer to dissolve the now invisible stain away. If you omit the latter step, the stain will gradually reappear.

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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    I worked in a analytical lab summers and vacations as a kid. We would mix 1 molar silver nitrate 2 liters at a time. 340 grams of silver nitrate in a 2L volumetric flask. I don't remember exactly who or what happened, but the flask broke. Someone grabbed a mop and a bucket, we mopped everything up, dried the floor with paper towels, no one hurt, no big deal. Came back the next day, floor was black! Well more like a deep chocolate brown. Fortunately the vinyl floor had about 20 layers of floor wax. There was a couple of us peons who got down and using razor blades we scraped the entire floor.

    I remember we would buy silver nitrate, Eastman Chemical brand, 1lb brown glass bottles, 20 plus bottles at a time, reagent grade, $80 a pound.

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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    Thank you all for the ideas!

    Duolab123, interesting summer job. How was all that silver nitrate being used?

    Doremus, I tried your idea first since I have bleach on hand. The sink has been full of bleach water for almost 3 hours now, and the stains are slowly disappearing. Will use some fresh fix on it maybe later this evening.

    Kent, I did read about Silvosol. It's supposed to work well. But you're right, I couldn't find a source here in the states.

    Thank you everybody! I appreciate the ideas. -Rob

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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    Use Hypo Fixer!

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    Re: How do you remove silver nitrate stains?

    Hypo did not work. Bleach however took care of it after an overnight soak.

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