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    XTOL stock solution - glass or plastic

    Hi,
    I normally use concentrated liquid developer, but have decided to try a pack of XTOL.
    I make up 5 litres of stock solution, use 1 litre in the combi plan tank; what do I store the remaining 4 lilitres in? Yes, brown glass winchesters would be great - but I would have to buyb them mail order. Would brown plastic pop bottles be a good substitute? its going to be used in 6 months any way. Has anyone had problems storing XTOL stock solution (or other 'powered' stock solutions) in plactic bottle conpared to glass?

    Regards,

    Mark

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    Re: XTOL stock solution - glass or plastic

    I used to keep Xtol stock in plastic chemical bottles for months with no problems. Should be fine.
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    Re: XTOL stock solution - glass or plastic

    I use old wine bottles to store my XTOL stock. I then put the stock under vacuum using vacuvin stoppers. Works like a charm, and the bottles can't be beat for storing developers because like wine, developers are sensitive to oxidation. I've had these stoppers maintain vacuum for eight months.

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    Re: XTOL stock solution - glass or plastic

    Glass is always better then plastic for developers, and store it cool and without sunlight and it will last more then a year if the bottle is full of it!

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    Re: XTOL stock solution - glass or plastic

    For XTOL I make up 5 liters and put it in ten 500ml bottles, completely filled.

    The other developers I use are all from concentrates.

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    Re: XTOL stock solution - glass or plastic

    Thanks, for your comments. Initially I plan to use a combination of dark glass + green plastic pop bottles. It seems it's nearly as cheap to buy a litre of sherry/port -drink it, and then use the bottle?

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    Re: XTOL stock solution - glass or plastic

    If you decide to keep using it, you can buy a 2 gallon floating lid tank for less than $20.

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    Re: XTOL stock solution - glass or plastic

    I have had no problems storing Xtol in plastic containers, however I wouldn't store it in a non-airtight container longer than 2 months. When it fails, it fails quickly and without any discoloration or sedimentation.

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