If necessary, prepare the coating solution (refer to Mike Ware’s web site).
- Select, clean, and mark paper. Note the date and print # in pencil in the margin area.
- Measure out sensitizer: 0.4 ml for 4×5″, 0.6 ml for 5×7″, or 1.6 ml for 8×10″ areas, add 1 to 2 drops of 40% citric acid solution per 1 cc of sensitizer
- Tape the paper to the coating surface.
- Prepare the coating rod, layout out clean sheets of paper tissue for cleaning the rod and blotting the paper.
- Syringe up the solution, lay down a line of sensitizer and begin coating. Draw the coating solution into a syringe
- Blot the excess coating with a paper towel strip.
- Rinse and dry the coating rod.
- Let the coated paper sit for 1 – 2 minutes, until the shine of the coated surface dulls. Dry the coated paper for 5 minutes in a 100 degree F. stream of air.
- Assemble coated paper and negative in a contact frame.
- Expose the print to UV (artificial, peaking at around 420nm or direct sunlight).
- Inspect and continue to expose until the high values just appear green, the mid-tones are blue, and the shadow tones are substantially reversed to a pale grey-blue, giving the image a solarized look.
- Immerse the print face down in a 1% nitric acid bath for 1-2 minute.
- Rinse the print.
- Gently wash the print face up for 15 minutes.
- Drain the print on a vertical piece of glass for 10 minutes.
- Air dry the print on a screen.
- – optional – Press the print to flatten in a dry mounting press and/or calender in an etching press.