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    Black and white stabilizer with Tetenal E6

    Hi,

    I accidentally spilled out my stab from my tetenal e6 kit. Is it possible to replace that stabilizer with say Kodak Photo-Flo?

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    Re: Black and white stabilizer with Tetenal E6

    I have used photo-flo for years with all color development instead of stabilizer and haven't had any issues. I read somewhere once that stabilizer was no longer really needed on modern films due to changes in formulation, but that's totally hearsay.

    I wouldn't worry about it unless you are bound and determined to have maximum longevity and archival-ness, at which point I would say why are you processing at home? Get it done at a high-tier lab. Otherwise photo-flo is fine .
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    Re: Black and white stabilizer with Tetenal E6

    Photo-Flo by itself is not a stabilizer. You need to add formalin if you want the dye image of an E-6 film to be stabilized. C-41 films are now different.

    https://www.photrio.com/forum/thread...bilzers.89149/

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    Re: Black and white stabilizer with Tetenal E6

    I chatted to Tetenal chemist a couple of years ago and as far as I can remember he told me they didnt use formalin anymore... or is there a chance I misunderstood?

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    Re: Black and white stabilizer with Tetenal E6

    The MSDS for the Tetenal E-6 kit that's posted at Freestyle Photographic shows formaldehyde as an ingredient in the stabilizer. Perhaps that has changed. The Tetenal website doesn't have an MSDS for the product. The Tetenal ProChem catalog for commercial laboratories does show that their "ProfessionalLine E-6" product line for commercial labs has moved to a pre-bleach and a stabilizer without formalin, though it doesn't say whether the pre-bleach has it. But in any case, that's not the home processing kit.

    Do read the post by Ron Mowrey at the top of the linked thread at Photrio. E-6 (not C-41) still needs formalin in either a pre-bleach or a post-process stabilizer for maximum stability, whether or not a given vendor chooses to include one in their processing kit. It's up to you to decide whether you want to take your chances without it.

    EDIT: If there's any doubt, why not ask Tetenal? Make your question very specific - ask not about E-6 processing in general but about their Colortec E-6 kit for home use in particular, and what if anything are the consequences of not using their stabilizer.

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    Re: Black and white stabilizer with Tetenal E6

    Thanks,

    Just sent them a message. I'll post back.

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    Re: Black and white stabilizer with Tetenal E6

    Did you ever get an official reply from Tetenal?

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    Still waiting.

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    Re: Black and white stabilizer with Tetenal E6

    They came back to me and said that as an emergency solution black and white stabilizer and Mirasol 2000 can be used, but they dont recommend it. It will not keep as long, but they are talking about a 30 plus years perspective.

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    Re: Black and white stabilizer with Tetenal E6

    formaldehyde was replaced by glutaraldehyde... less harmfull

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