Hey I know a bunch of you TW users pre-wet your screens with various mixtures before printing. I don't use TW inks, mostly Speedball, as well as many inks I concoct from he Createx Opaque and Lyntex paper Mediums and Pure Pigments. I don't pre-wet and I've never had any issues with locking in or drying in while hand printing. The only thing that ever comes close for me is White or metallics on longer runs. I noticed it on the last High on Fire poster I just printed and was thinking that maybe a pre-wet before the white might actually be benificial. Do any of you people out there pre-wet with inks other than TW? I've got 500 12" record inserts, two sided with white and metallics I need to print this weekend so I was hoping to get some tips. Thanks.
prewet or spray down during the run if you think it is getting clogged. It's not a problem, WB inks need to be thinned as you are printing longer runs as the ink loses moisture during the printing/flooding.
if you notice caking (ink building up on the top of the stencil) do a thick flood, that should scrape it clean. But if it keeps happening, thin your ink.
I used to use versatex super opaque white and that stuff is like cake frosting when you open the can. I would mix in a bunch of water and still had to mist the screen while working. I've switched to using Speedball or Blick since then and haven't had to do that as much.