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OK, still having problems here. This is my first paid print job, and it's turning into a bit of a bastard..
So, the stencil burns and washes out a treat, but the emulsion is still breaking down after several prints. I'm thinking that the emulsion might not be up to scratch, so i'm planning to try a different high quality brand, but as the deadline for this job is monday, I won't have time to get any, so i'm going to have to finish the print run with what i've got..
Maybe it's my exposure setup that's the problem. I'm using a 20" x 24" screen, with a 1000 watt halogen lamp at a distance of 20", and i'm burning for 15 minutes. I've tried upping to 17 mins, then 18 mins, but no joy. I'm going to try 20 mins for the next one - or longer do you think?
Any help or suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated..
Get a new batch of emulsion. Get an exposure calculator.
When hand-pulling prints, wear old clothes (obviously), and wipe your hand on your pants or shirt between every print... that's what I did to avoid stains... Could ask a clean friend to remove and lay prints for you so you don't have to touch them... nevertheless I always thought that was a bit annoying.
First, perhaps you could become a premium member. It's only $20 (or less, if you pay in Canadian dollars.) Then, you'll be contributing and not just taking.
Second, as someone else wrote, get an exposure calculator.
See this: Screen printing exposure calculator | Ryonet's Official Blog
With a calculator, you'll have the information you need to understand whether you are under (or over) exposed. You won't be sorry for spending that money.
For now, after washout re-expose for approximately the same time of your initial exposure. Or, use Mr. Sun for 20 to 40 seconds in bright sunlight.
"Never give a inch."
After much fucking around and many failed suicide attempts - my first print job is done! Out of the 100 prints, there's 90 that are bang on, and 10 where the registration is a little wonky, but i'm happy with that for a first attempt. It was definately an emulsion issue. Burning the screen for a second time without the transparency did the trick. Thanks for everyone's help on this - i'll see if I can get a pic up here of the finished poster, just in case your interested.. Cheers for now y'all
Yep, re-exposing to the sun before printing has made a big difference for me as well. I always do it now.
Making sure your emulsion is fully cooked also helps later in the reclaiming step.