Print issues.
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jmpgino
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Print issues.

I have been doing my own Black and White Processing and Printing for over forty years now and have never had an issue with a print after washing.
Started using Ilford fiber paper for five years now and used the same washing methods as before. I stick them in a bath tub and use a fish tank water pump to circulate the water around them and turn a couple of times. Washing for a good hour or so.
Well I have decided to mat and frame a couple after deciding on the ones I will do, I suddenly noticed some orange marks on the back of a few prints, the print sides are fine. So I thought wash them again for a while. Well after being in there for twenty minutes I went in and turned them over and got a serious shock.......there are grey blotches about an inch or so wide in various places. The orange areas have darkened to a brown !!!!
What is going on here, the grey blotches are on two prints and one is a recent print done a month ago, that one only has to areas but a print from four years ago has six areas of botching.
Help and advice needed please.
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If you are only recirculating the water in the tub, then I donít think that you are adequately washing the prints. Use a wash aid solution and then make sure that fresh water circulates. The Kodak print siphon is one way or a dedicated print washer is a much more expensive alternate, (but which is probably the standard).
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