11 x 14 - $265
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"I want to compliment you on the clarity of the instructions. I am really enjoying putting it together, I can see the thought process of the design as I assemble it." B. Curtis
The whole story ....
The Versalab archival print washer is a reliable robust product for professional darkroom use. It will very effectively wash prints with a moderate flow of water and it should do so almost forever since it is nearly indestructible. There are no better washers available!
When we examined the print washer market we found it to be filled with overly-complicated and overly-pretty products. They end up being quite fragile and way too expensive!! Yet print washing is a fundamentally very simple process - surround the print with flowing water of low hypo concentration - that is all it takes. So we decided to build a product that was simple and well made, designed as if for the chemical process industry, and then give it an appropriate price.
And it turned out very simple indeed. The prints are held upright in water by means of a series of plastic dividers in a tank. Water is added between the dividers in a manner that creates a circular flow pattern without dead spots. Water and hypo is siphoned off the bottom at the far end.
The dividers are fastened together in a lift-out 'print basket'. The basket has 14 slots 3/4" wide and is constructed of fifteen 1/16" thick sheets of white styrene fixed into the basket arrangement by 4 stainless steel studs with spacers. Prints are held off the bottom of the washer by 4 plastic rods that are part of the basket. The basket can be lifted out of the tank at any time.
At the other end of the tank is a simple PVC siphon hose that picks up the outlet flow off the bottom of the tank. There is a small hole in the siphon tube just where it exits the top of the tank. This hole both helps to regulate the water level and outflow rate, and breaks the siphon action if the water level drops, maintaining the water level for the safety of the prints. When the tank is to be drained, closing the hole allows the siphon action to drain the tank in minutes. The 16 x 20 has an additional drain. The outlets, including a safety overflow, are all fitted with hoses, allowing out of sink use. [In the pictures, the washer is shown without the overflow hose as it would be used in a sink.]
If you would like to see super size versions of the following two pictures, just click on one of them and another page will open. They show better details of the washer construction than we have presented on the website before.
Note: While our washer has been designed for use outside a sink, we do not recommend any running water being left unattended while outside a waterproof area.
For the 11 x 14 model, with proper care and clean preparation, a good wash can be possible in less than 1/2 an hour at less than 1/2 gallon per minute water flow. Different fixers, less care in fixing and different water chemistry may require double the time. See Print Washer FAQ for further discussion.
Both units will accomodate any combination of smaller prints that will fit their slot size.
20 x 24 ADAPTER for 16 x20 Washer - $190 + 20 shipping lower 48 states ($50 Alaska & Hawaii, $30 Canada) (less if shipped with a 16 x20)
As described above our washers have a "print basket" which is a separate assembly that sits in the tank of the washer to hold prints in the proper position. The 20x24 adapter is a replacement print basket for the 16 x20 model only. It has four slots and holds four 20 x 24 prints in a "U" shape (quite large radius and perfectly harmless) emulsion side in (great wash that way).
many others, I have used a number of print washers over the years, most
of them made of heavy plexiglass sheets 'welded' together. All of them
were fine, some even beautiful, but they pale in comparison with the Versalab!
The solid, one-piece construction, of medium weight, is a superb design
that is efficient, easy to put together and easy to take apart. As a diplomat
who travels around the world, moving frequently, this ruggedness is vital
because the Versalab can stand up to an amazing amount of abuse and work
anywhere, with any level of water pressure, and still do the job. ….
The Versalab is quite simply the best washer I have ever had and I do
not expect to buy one ever again -- unless it's a larger Versalab!"
Best performance flow rates: .25 to .8 GPM.
Inlet connection: female GHT adapter
Outlet: Siphon from bottom and two overflow
Materials: Non-corrosive 18-8 stainless steel polyethylene, styrene and nylon
Minor assembly is required.
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Would you like an archival residual hypo test kit for $21? Premixed liquid in a bottle, pat a print dry and apply to the white edge, leave for two minutes, if any stain appears you have not washed long enough. Recommended to assess the actual wash time necessary with your processing and wash water. You only need to repeat the test when you change your process chemistry.