Long term paper storage

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  1. Bill LaMorris

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    Hi I am looking for methods for storing paper for the long term. I am trying to buy up as much of my favorites so I have a stock pile for as long as posable. Your suggestions are welcomed. Thanks Bill
     
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    I think that refrigerating your paper should be sufficient. If you are planning on holding onto these papers for a really long time (decades?), I would think about freezing them. All in their original or airtight container.

    Make sure you allow time for the paper to come to room temp before you print.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I do want it to last as long as possible. I am buying up as much of the Forte Polywarmtone paper that I can find. Do you know of a close substitute for this paper. Thanks Bill
     
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    It's been years since I've tried the Forte warmtone paper, and I didn't like it compared to my then paper of choice, Agfa Portriga-Rapid. As I recall, the paper was also quite a bit slower in speed as well. When they stopped making Portriga, I switched over to Agfa Multi-classic, which is also now gone (yes, I have 20 10 sheet packets in my darkroom, all I could find when I heard it was no longer being made).

    I now use the Ilford Warmtone, which isn't as rich as the old papers, but I like it. Forte, as I recall is a bit redder in tone, which I don't care for. I like a browner-yellower tone in my warmtone paper.
     
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    Freezer... Then when you want to use it, defrost in the refrigerator for a few hours... (5-6)
     
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    are you looking for the "old" version of Forte Polywarm tone or the Polywarmtone plus.

    you might find the newer version at B&H as they still had some available.
    however, it doesn't tone in the same manner as the "older"version. Everything changed when they had to remove the cadium
     
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    The last of the polywarmtone is almost gone. It lith prints exceptionally well.I also like the the way it responds to Harmon warmtone developer, and to dual toning. I have printed with this for a while and have developed a certain "look" to my prints. I hate to have to start over, or worse yet turn out work that blends in with everyone else`s. I think the freezer is the way to go for the long haul. Thanks Bill
     
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    some one over on APUG.org is selling a box of the old version. never been opened.

    this paper holds up very well with age, it may slow down some but tends not too fog.

    You may or may not be aware that Harmon is not going to continue making that warmtone developer as people aren't buying much of it, so that may be something to look for as well.
     
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    Thanks for the update Ann. I guess I will have to mix my own developer from now on. What is your favorite warmtone paper? I dont care much for Ilford, I do like Kentmere Fineprint, and I have good results with Foma. Bill
     
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    Super platinum diluted 1:15.

    or ansco 120.

    i am not a big time warmtone paper user but i teach a class that includes a wide variety developer and paper combinations and we had tested the above with warmtone papers.
     
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    Can anyone comment on how I might check the exp date of a pack of Portriga Rapid?
     
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    I am familiar with the Ansco formulas, but what is the Super Platinum developer? What does it do, and what does it look like? Thanks Bill
     

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