Sprint Quicksilver Black & White Print Paper Developer, 1 Liter

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An economical, high-capacity developer for b&w prints with neutral tones. QUICKSILVER does not contain metol which can cause skin rashes.

The developing agent in QUICKSILVER is pyrazolidone-hydroquinone, which permits very accurate control of print density, contrast, and color.

Quicksilver gives b&w print tones a distinctive neutral color which does not vary from highlight to shadow (unlike Dimezone solutions) nor with development time (unlike metol-hydroquinone solutions). QUICKSILVER gives warm-tone papers a more neutral color than other developers.

QUICKSILVER develops all image tones at a constant rate. Therefore overall print density increases with development, but contrast (the relative difference between highlight and shadow density) does not vary. Overall density may be controlled by exposure and/or development. Color and contrast are determined only by the type of paper and grade or filtration.

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Katie R  I have an old bottle of this, it may be about 5 years old, maybe more. Will it still work? Also, should I stick with this brand, can I mix brands between developer/stop bath/fixer, and what would you guys recommend? I'm just starting out with m own darkroom, I only ever used the ones at school.
WILLIAM T  Hi Katie -- I buy the materials for a dark room at a summer camp and we use this brand because it is relatively biodegradable compared to other brands. While it is suggested that its shelf life is about one year, we used last year's developer this year and it worked well enough for our purposes (prints were a little gray but that could be due to enlarger user 'error' as well). 5 years is significantly longer shelf time -- has it been opened? I would guess that it has oxidized enough at this point to be beyond usefulness. If it's been closed then I'd suggest giving it a try if it's been stored properly ... there's really only one way to find out if it works! As far as mixing brands for the different chemicals, that should be fine. Again, like I said, we stick with this brand throughout because it was recommended as having a slightly greener footprint. Best of luck with your new darkroom!
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