ARCHIVE Fixer Remover

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Films and prints absorb contaminants in processing which can lead to deterioration unless completely removed. Water will not efficiently 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, airborne microbes, and hydroquinone (used in the manufacture of resin-coated, stabilization and gallery-type papers).

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Description

ARCHIVE Fixer Remover

Films and prints absorb contaminants in processing which can lead to deterioration unless completely removed. Water does not efficiently 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, airborne 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 step helps avoid 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. If RECORD Alum Hardening Converter is used (with modern materials it is normally not necessary), it 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:
100mlARCHIVE Fixer Remover Concentrate
+900ml Water
=1000mlARCHIVE Fixer Remover Working Solution

How to Use

The life expectancy of films and prints is increased by the thorough 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 RC Papers
StepProcedureTiming
1Water Pre-Wash1 minute
2ARCHIVE Fixer Remover2-3 minutes
3Final Water Wash1-3 minutes
For Fiber Prints
StepProcedureTiming
1Water Pre-Wash1 minute
2ARCHIVE Fixer Remover3 minutes
3Final Water Wash10 minutes

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, to avoid reticulation, working solution should be at the same temperature as other solutions in the process.

Water Washes

The following empty & refill method is imperative for thorough washing. Most automatic washers exchange water much 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.

For Prints

Exchange water completely (empty & refill) once every 20 seconds in the first minute, and then at least once every three minutes, 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 (20-60 seconds) 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 microbial 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 this fresh working solution add 15-60 ml of selenium toner concentrate.

For example:
100mlARCHIVE Fixer Remover Concentrate
900ml Water
+50mlSelenium Toner Concentrate
=1000mlARCHIVE Selenium Toner Working Solution

After completing the BASIC PROCEDURE, immerse prints in 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.

 

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Capacity & Indicator

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

Shelf Life

For shelf life purposes, ARCHIVE Fixer Remover has a color indicator which turns from blue to green to yellow as the product ages. ARCHIVE should be replaced when it turns yellow.

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

ConcentrateMinimum Shelf Life
Unopened container12 months
Opened container (air free)6 months
Opened container (25% air)3 months
Working SolutionMinimum Shelf Life
Unused, full container3 months
Used, 25% air1 month
Uncovered tray1 week

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