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    t55 polaroid film-defects

    question regarding polaroid t55 film-- over the weekend, an imprompt shooting si tuation left me to put exposed t55 film in water for several hours before i imm ersed the film in sodium carbonate. the result has been puzzeling. one batch of film cleared and looked normal as i have done this once before. the second b atch of film did not clear. a blackened image remained and the emulsion was very soft and became unattached to the gelatine film base. the dating on the film wa s 3/98-- a few months over the recommended time. is this the problem? thank yo u for your answers.

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    Join Date
    Mar 1998

    t55 polaroid film-defects

    This might be completely offbase but is there enough of a chemical difference be tween Polaroid's recommendation of Sodium Sulfite and your use of Sodium Carbona te to be causing the problem you are having?

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    Sep 1998

    t55 polaroid film-defects

    You mentioned that you had been soaking your type 55 negatives in sodium carbona te. I sincerely hope that was not the case, and that you mis spoke in your messa ge.

    Sodium carbonate is a fairly strong alkalai as film chemicals go, and could very well have floated the emulsion off your negatives.

    Polaroid's recommendation for Type 55 is a 18% solution of sodium SULFITE for Ty pe 55 negatives, and a 12% solution of sodium SULFITE for type 665 negatives.

    Sodium CARBONATE is washing soda.

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