This section is from the book "Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography", by J. B. Schriever. Also available from Amazon: Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography.
Marring Prints. Care should be exercised in the handling of the prints, especially when the temperature of the water is somewhat warmer, for in this condition the prints are soft and the edges may easily be marred. The temperature of the wash water should be kept below 65 degrees and when in this temperature the prints should not be handled over too much.
Drying. After the prints have been thoroughly washed, they should be taken from the water and placed face down on cheesecloth stretchers. This will prevent curling to a certain extent. Be careful that they are not piled one on the other as this would cause them to stick to each other. If the prints before laying out are thoroughly-blotted with Royal blotters they will dry much faster.
Caution. Do not dry Velox prints between blotters as they are likely to stick and cause much annoyance.
Trimming Prints While Wet. In case of necessity prints may be trimmed while wet. For instruction for trimming see " Trimming and Mounting."
Trimming Prints When Dry. Velox prints should be dry and perfectly flat for trimming. A trimming board should be used instead of a knife or ruler, as with the board absolutely true edges may be obtained. Prints may be trimmed with a sharp pocket knife, using a glass with perfectly square corners as a guide for squaring the print. They may also be trimmed with large shears with the glass as a guide. The use of the trimming board however gives the most satisfactory results. For detailed instruction see " Trimming and Mounting."
Squeegeeing Enameled Surface Prints. Glossy, Special Glossy or Velvet Velox prints may be burnished or squeegeed. Take prints from the wash-water, place face down on a ferrotype tin, squeegee into absolute contact and allow to become bone dry, when they will peel off with the desired lustre. If the tin has been in use for some time, portions of prints may stick. To prevent this, prepare the tins as follows:
723. Dissolve ten grains of beeswax in one ounce of benzine, allowing it to stand for a few hours, in which time a precipitate will be formed. The clear solution should be used for polishing the tins by applying to the surface of the ferrotype plate with a soft cloth (canton flannel.) When the surface of the tin has been thoroughly covered with this preparation, the tin should be polished with dry canton flannel to remove as much of the beeswax as possible. As beeswax varies in its composition, the solution may vary somewhat in consistency, so that an addition of benzine may be necessary to permit polishing the tins easily.