ARCHIVE ® FIXER REMOVER

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USING ARCHIVE

Films and prints absorb contaminants in processing which can lead to deterioration unless completely removed. Water will not wash alum-hardened
prints or films, and extended washing with water can stain prints. ARCHIVE Fixer Remover swiftly and thoroughly removes all types of contamination, including thiosulfate
and related compounds, microbiotic and mineral deposits from the water supply, air-born microbes, and hydroquinone used in the manufacture of resin-coated, stabilization and gallery-type papers.

PERMANENCE

ARCHIVE Fixer Remover alone cannot guarantee permanence. The stability of photographic images depends on many factors throughout processing, storage and handling.
All SPRINT™ B&W products are designed to increase the potential permanence of films and prints when used as directed, including mixing, timing, agitation, and water washes.

The extremely brief time required in each SPRINT™ processing procedure helps to reduce stains caused by extended immersion. BLOCK Stop Bath is buffered to protect print fiber sizing
against damage by acids and saturation with water and thiosulfates. RECORD Speed Fixer works quickly before excess thiosulfate absorption can begin. RECORD Alum Hardening Converter protects against abrasion.
END RUN Wetting Agent & Stabilizer protects against abrasion, static charges, dust and humidity.

HOW TO MIX

Dilute ARCHIVE Fixer Remover concentrate 1:9 with water to make the desired volume of working solution.

FOR EXAMPLE:
100ml ARCHIVE Fixer Remover Concentrate
+ 900ml Water
= 1000ml ARCHIVE Fixer Remover Working Solution

HOW TO USE

The life expectancy of films and prints increases with the removal of thiosulfate and other contaminants through washing.
The quick BASIC PROCEDURE meets commercial requirements. Variations listed under ARCHIVAL PROCEDURES increase the effectiveness of ARCHIVE Fixer
Remover to meet stricter archival requirements.

BASIC PROCEDURES

After fixing as directed in the instructions for RECORD Speed Fixer, follow this BASIC PROCEDURE to meet commercial standards of permanence. (Less than 2 mcg/cm2 thiosulfate.)

FOR B&W NEGATIVE FILMS AND RESIN COATED PRINTS:

STEP

PROCEDURE

TIMING

Step 1: Water Prewash 1 Minute(s)
Step 2: ARCHIVE Fixer Remover 2-3 Minute(s)
Step 3: Final Water Wash 1-3 Minute(s)

FOR FIBER PRINTS:

STEP

PROCEDURE

TIMING

Step 1: Water Prewash 1 Minute(s)
Step 2: ARCHIVE Fixer Remover 3 Minute(s)
Step 3: Final Water Wash 10 Minute(s)

Agitate continuously for the first minute, and for 10-15 seconds of each minute thereafter. Use at any temperature 18-25°C / 64.5-77°F. For films, working solution should be at the same
temperture as other solutions in the process.

WATER WASHES

The following empty & refill method is imperative for thorough washing. Most automatic washers exchange water too slowly, only once every 6-60 minutes.

For a more thorough washing procedure, that meets archival specifications, see ARCHIVAL PROCEDURES below.

FOR FILMS:

Exchange water completely (empty & refill) three times in a row, then once every 20 seconds thereafter.

FOR PRINTS:

Exchange water completely (empty & refill) once every 20 seconds in the first minute, and then at least once every three minutes thereafter, for a total of a least 6 complete changes of water
in a 10 minute Final Wash.

ARCHIVAL PROCEDURES

The BASIC PROCEDURE listed above may be changed to meet higher archival standards of permanence. (Undetectable levels of thiosulfate.)

FOR FILMS:

Fix in RECORD Film Fixer working solution and follow the BASIC PROCEDURE with a full 3 minutes in Step 3: Final Water Wash.

FOR PRINTS:

Any one of the following variations on the BASIC PROCEDURE will reduce thiosulfate concentrations to less than 1 mcg/cm2. Any five of the following variations will reduce thiosulfate to undetectable levels.

  1. Use RECORD Fast Print Fixer (2:8) and limit fixing time to 30 seconds.
  2. Limit Fixer Capacity to twelve 8×10 prints per liter or use a second fresh fixer bath (20-60seconds) before Prewash.
  3. Extend Prewash (Step 1) to 5-10 minutes.
  4. Extend Final Water Wash (Step 3) to 20 minutes.
  5. Repeat Steps 2 and 3, with or without selenium toner.
  6. Omit Alum Hardening Converter

HOLDING BATH

For convenience, prints may be held in a tray of plain water between Steps 1 & 2 of the BASIC PROCEDURE for up to 30 minutes. To hold prints for more than 30 minutes, empty & refill holding tray every 30 minutes, or add 1ml
(20 drops) of BLOCK Stop Bath concentrate per liter of water in the holding tray to retard microbe growth in still water.

SELENIUM TONING

ARCHIVE Fixer Remover is an excellent vehicle for selenium toner. To make a working solution for selenium toning, dilute ARCHIVE Fixer Remover concentrate 1:9 with water. To each liter of working solution
add 15-60ml of selenium toner concentrate.

FOR EXAMPLE:
100ml ARCHIVE Fixer Remover Concentrate
900ml Water
+ 50ml Selenium Toner Concentrate
= 1050ml ARCHIVE Selenium Toner Working Solution

After completing the BASIC PROCEDURE, immerse prints into the ARCHIVE selenium toner working solution for 1-3 minutes and then repeat the Final Water Wash (Step 3) Selenium toning may be done without completing the BASIC PROCEDURE first,
but the life of the toner solution will be reduced from 3 months to 12 hours. Varying the amount of selenium toner in the working solution will alter the degree of change in print color.

CAPACITY & INDICATOR

ARCHIVE Fixer Remover working solution has an indicator color which is blue when fresh and changes through green to yellow as it is exhausted. ARCHIVE Fixer Remover working solution should be replaced
when yellow. An accumulation of crystals which do not dissolve at room temperature and/or yellow color indicates exhaustion of ARCHIVE Fixer Remover concentrate.

One liter of ARCHIVE Fixer Remover working solution will process the equivalent of at least (60) sixty rolls of 35 mm, 36 exposure film or (60) sixty 8×10 fiber prints or (90) ninety 8×10 resin-coated prints.
Capacity and indicator will vary with the effectiveness of the Water Prewash step. The capacity of used working solution diminishes with storage time.

SHELF LIFE

Stored at 25°C / 77°F or lower, away from all unnecessary light, ARCHIVE has the following shelf life:

SHELF LIFE OF CONCENTRATES AND WORKING SOLUTIONS:

CONCENTRATE:

MINIMUM SHELF LIFE:

Unopened Container 12 Months
Opened Container (air free) 6 Months
Opened Container (25% air) 3 Months

WORKING SOLUTION:

MINIMUM SHELF LIFE:

Unused, Full Container 3 Months
Used, 25% air 1 Month
Uncovered Tray 1 Week

Storage for longer times or under less favorable conditions will reduce working solution capacity by 50% or more.

ARCHIVE ® is a Registerd Trade Mark of Sprint™ Systems of Photography

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