Ilford film wash method

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  1. rob91

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    Reading up on it, what do you all recommend for number of tank fills/inversions, and where does HCA fit into it? I found this method in a thread that seems like it would be good:

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]1st 1 inversion
    2nd 5 inversions
    3rd 10 inversions
    4th 20 inversions
    5th fill it, let it sit for 1 minute then 20 inversions

    Thoughts?
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    i have been using ilford's method for a very long time, and we use it at school

    we do not use HCA with film as most modern films do not need this step.

    we do 5 inversion, dump, refill, then 10 inversion dump, refill, 20 more inversion

    and then dump.

    i have negatives that are over 20 years old using this method and they look fine, just as good as ones that i did 50 years ago that needed 1 hour of wash time.
     
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    I've not heard of this last step. I follow the 5-10-20 routine as Ann described. The only thing I do after that is fill the tank one final time and use LFN for a minute, then hang the strips to dry.
     

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