Xtol mixing pail
Old 01-11-2019   #1
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Xtol mixing pail

Just found this in the paint dept. at Home Depot. Should work nicely for the 5-liter Xtol conundrum.
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Old 01-11-2019   #2
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Put it on my shopping list for the next trip to HD. Great tip.
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Old 01-11-2019   #3
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Thanks for that.
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Old 01-11-2019   #4
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Just be aware that some interaction between your developer and the cheap plastic might occur, and become a factor.

Normally, stainless steel or glass is used for best mixing practice.
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Just be aware that some interaction between your developer and the cheap plastic might occur, and become a factor......
I've been mixing Xtol in cheap plastic buckets for over 20 years. Never had a problem.

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I use these same buckets as well, for making up D96.
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Old 01-11-2019   #7
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I've been mixing Xtol in cheap plastic buckets for over 20 years. Never had a problem.

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No problem here either. I store my Xtol in plastic bottles, so I canít see how 20 minutes of mixing would affect anything.

The most important thing is to ensure your bucket is bright Kodak yellow. That ensures it mixes much more quickly and evenly.
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The most important thing is to ensure your bucket is bright Kodak yellow. That ensures it mixes much more quickly and evenly.
Will a yellow bucket work for Ilford chemicals?
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Old 01-11-2019   #9
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Gonna mix a batch of xtol tomorrow. Any one in LA want 2.5 liters? I can’t use it all
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Same here w/ no problems using plastic and chemicals. Lots of people keep their developer, fixer, etc in gallon plastic milk jugs anyway. Never saw anyone mix or store chemicals in stainless, just plastic and glass, and glass with marbles to keep the air out is a PITA.

I use the plastic pails from Dollar Tree. They're pretty deep, only a dollar, and the handle is handy.
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Will a yellow bucket work for Ilford chemicals?
Nope, the bucket color needs to match the Ilford film packaging. Green bucket for HP5+, blue bucket for FP4+, orange bucket for Pan F+, etc...
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