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How to Guide - Mesh Preparation for Screen films

How to Guide - Mesh Preparation for Screen films

Author: Lindsay Merwald/Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Categories: Industry News - Textile

(Quoted from MacDermid Autotype. Full article here.)
Mesh preparation is the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to improve screen life. This useful How to Guide will show you the best way to maximise stencil adhesion to a mesh which will save you time and money by not having to remake screens that have broken down on the press.

The importance of mesh preparation
Polyester mesh is the most commonly used mesh today because it is resistant to most screen chemicals and also it doesn’t absorb water and change tension during use. However, the down side is that untreated fibres of a Polyester mesh also have a very smooth hydrophobic surface. Inks and solvents then deposit greasy residues to this surface, so you can see that trying to get a water based stencil to adhere is very difficult!

The key to overcoming this problem is effective mesh preparation to help the stencil adhere better to the surface.

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