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What kind of basic tools should I own for cleaning my screens off?

What kind of basic tools should I own for cleaning my screens off?

Although popular, it’s best to stay away from cardboard scrapers as they tend to soak or absorb the liquid portion of the inks. Some screen supply stores offer specially designed plastic ink scrapers. These plastic scrapers feature rounded corners so they avoid harming the screens.

As far as the cleaning liquids go, there are many available that do a great job. You can usually use an ink degradant on the screen to help break down the ink chemistry. However, they seem to be greasy in nature, so once you have cleaned the screen with a degradant, it may be difficult to get tapes to stick to the screen. It is often necessary to add a final cleaning using a more aggressive solvent to achieve a clean, dry screen.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (2157)/Comments (0)/
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Dispelling Myths on Dip Tanks for Screen Reclaim - Screen Printing Guide

Dispelling Myths on Dip Tanks for Screen Reclaim - Screen Printing Guide

Dip tanks, the screen reclaiming method of choice in the US, are attracting more interest in Europe. But why?
You just soak your screens in the tank of chemicals and rinse; right?  With the increasing interest in this screen reclaim technique, we are being asked more and more about this process.
Dip tanks allow an all-in-one cleaner (a mixture of Aquawash and stencil remover, or a specialised stencil remover) to soften the stencil and ink at the same time, freeing you up to rinse and clean another screen whilst it is in the tank. Alternatively, you can use dip tanks separately with an Aquawash based product for the ink removal in one tank and a stencil remover for the stencil reclaim in another tank.
Before you re-fill your existing dip tank or consider purchasing your first dip tank, here are some of the common misunderstandings of this stencil reclaim process:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (2130)/Comments (0)/
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The Best Place to put Your Washout Booth

The Best Place to put Your Washout Booth

Where is the best spot for a washout booth in my production layout? This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1586)/Comments (0)/
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Maximizing Productivity During Downtime—Part II

Maximizing Productivity During Downtime—Part II

Glen Carliss of M&R Companies continues his list of to-do's when equipment is down in a screen print shop. He encourages shop owners to press on with other tasks: 


    Friday, March 31, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1937)/Comments (0)/
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    Repairing Torn Screens

    Repairing Torn Screens

    Is it possible to reclaim a screen that has a small hole or two in it, or is it not worth the work? This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1258)/Comments (0)/
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    Superman Graphics and Scented Shirts

    Superman Graphics and Scented Shirts

    PXP Solutions creates unique special effects sure to leave a lasting impression

    Friday, March 24, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1276)/Comments (0)/
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    WILFLEX™ EPIC WHITE INKS

    WILFLEX™ EPIC WHITE INKS

    When it comes to white inks, there is no “magic in a bucket.”  Different applications or fabrics will require different whites, which is why Wilflex™ offers a wide variety of white ink products to ensure you can always find the right ink to fill your needs. 


    Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1499)/Comments (0)/
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    Understanding Emulsion

    Understanding Emulsion

    Follow these tips to become familiar with this important component of the scree-prep process. 

    Friday, March 17, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (967)/Comments (0)/
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    Evaluating Alternative Inkjet Inks: What Should be Considered?

    Evaluating Alternative Inkjet Inks: What Should be Considered?

    As any good business owner knows, there are two basic ways to make your business more profitable: adjust pricing for higher margins, or lower your costs. Alternative inks can help with the latter, provided the ink that you select meets your company's needs and goals. The right alternative consumables company that offers products with enhanced features, lower costs, and ancillary products may even help win you more business. It seems like a simple equation, but please read on for some information that can help you make an informed choice.

    Monday, March 13, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (828)/Comments (0)/
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    Building a Darkroom for Print Shops With Limited Floor Space

    Building a Darkroom for Print Shops With Limited Floor Space

    A booth can often be constructed of black plastic sheeting, which is relatively cheap to purchase. Choose a location close to the washout area to minimize exposure to light. Simply construct a 1′ x 3′ wooden frame and determine where to place the entry to the dark room. Staple the plastic to the frame and overlap some plastic to create the “door.” By overlapping the plastic sheets, it will minimize the light coming through during entry and exit. Also, be sure that the plastic cover reaches to the floor to block out light completely.


    Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1012)/Comments (0)/
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