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07-15-2010, 03:10 PM   #1
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Chemical storage bottles

For fixer and other darkroom chemicals not harmed by possible exposure to air
I reuse the brown plastic bottles that household hydrogen peroxide is sold in.
These come in useful one pint and one quart sizes.
Look for a brand that uses a foam cap liner rather than cardboard...

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07-15-2010, 03:54 PM   #2
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For fixer, I use the 1 gallon plastic jugs that automobile windshield washer fluid comes in. I make up my SS and developer fresh as needed from concentrate.


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I use 1 liter soda bottles, on the theory that the plastic is formulated to keep the carbonation good - meaning there's no gas leaching.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
I use 1 liter soda bottles, on the theory that the plastic is formulated to keep the carbonation good - meaning there's no gas leaching.
Not sure about that one. We have stop buying 2L Coca-Cola bottle because 3 days after opening it the soda is flat

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I purchased brown plastic bottles from the camera store many years ago when they had darkroom sections and they didn't cost much. I still use them. But I also bucked up some years ago for 500ml and 250ml glass amber Boston rounds that came in a case of 12 each so I guess I didn't take the economy route there.

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07-16-2010, 02:44 PM   #6
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The quart size brown plastic bottle I mentioned costs $1.00 at Walmart, and comes filled with peroxide.

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For me, PMK Pyro is recommend to be stored in glass amber bottles so I needed at least a few.
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I too use amber Boston Rounds for developer stock.

Some add glass marbles to displace air, but washing and drying them between uses is a PITA.
I'd rather divide it up into the smallest size bottles available to minimize the amount of air within.

I tried those accordion-style Air Evac bottles years ago but wouldn't buy them again.
The folds trap plenty of air no amount of tapping will release, the cap liners leak
and the bottles have an annoying tendency to flop over on their own.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I tried those accordion-style Air Evac bottles years ago but wouldn't buy them again.
The folds trap plenty of air no amount of tapping will release, the cap liners leak
and the bottles have an annoying tendency to flop over on their own.

Chris
That is what I have. I guess it wasn't a good purchase after all...
Still the concept seems great.

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07-16-2010, 06:18 PM   #10
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Definitely an ingenious idea; that's why I bought them.
I do hope they work better for you than they did for me.

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I used to use accordian bottles for years but one always leaked air (I'd put it away compressed but open the cupboard a few days later and it had expanded). I now use a combination of glass bottles (old fruit juice with labels removed) and the manufacturers plastic bottles (usually Ilford but have some Agfa ones too). I just use a permanent maker to indicate what it really is. I find a couple of litre bottles each for mixed developer and paper fixer are enough as I only print up to 16x12 and 2L of working solution is amply for those trays. I usually only have one bottle of working solution 'on the go' as that's enough for 8x10 trays.
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