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Silly question about vinegar-based silicone interacting with film, and light leaks.

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I'm probably becoming the most annoying guy on this forum with my paranoid questions.

But really, I don't want to mess things up 'cause I'm going on a trip that's kinda expensive for my pockets and yeah.

So I have a box where I store my film holders. It's padded with silica gel pockets, so moisture has no way with my film.

This box also happens to be transparent, and while I was taking a pinhole long exposure the other day in my darkroom (which was now lit by a 800W tungsten bulb) for a whole half hour, I had the box about 10ft away from the light, directly exposed to it.

Film holders were stacked, but I don't have enough experience in the field to know if that completely fogged that particular film or it did nothing to it.

The other issue I have is, this box didn't have a nice seal, so my father thought putting some silicone around the edges in that small groove could create a nice rubbery gasket. Fair enough.

I let the lid dry for two days, put it on, now after a day or so I open it and the excessive smell of vinegar comes out of the box...

I know Fixer is basically pure vinegar of some sort, and I hope by the thick vinegar air in the box that maybe the fixing process has started on absolutely blank film?

I'm just 18, paranoid and anxious to go to where I'm going to shoot some landscape on my 4x5" camera. Please don't go too hard on me.

PS: I have 5 film holders, 3 loaded with 6 sheets of Ektar, 2 loaded with 4 sheets of HP5+, just in case anyone wonders, and 4 are Fidelity and one is Toyo.


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