I have a question about this thread. Earlier I had made a
suggestion about using water and photoflow if nothing else was
Two responses came back saying, in very strong words, never to use
water. There was no explanation about why or what it will do. If I
was wrong in my thinking I’d like to know what was wrong with my
I figure that water acting with photoflow - which is a surfactant or
wetting agent much like a mild soap and soap being a grease dissolver
would clean fingerprints off of the slide.
I realize that water will swell the emulsion, open it up, and make
it soft and easily scratchable and prone to damage. That’s why I
stated that care must be taken with the application to make sure it
is soft and will not abrade the emulsion. The base side is much more
The water would eventually evaporate out of the film leaving it good
If I am wrong on this I would like to know.
Suggestions/ comments anyone.