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    Question Stupid mistake....Reclaim or not?

    I was about to start printing and I went to spray down my adhesive on the table. Unfortunately, I didn't notice that the spray tip was somewhat clogged up and when I went to spray some of the mist went up into my screen. I tried to wash it out right away with soap and water and then tried some degreaser, but no luck. I tried printing it anyway, but of course the print was blotchy where the ink wasn't able to pass through the screen. So, the question, is there a way to clean the screen and get the adhesive out or am i shit outta luck and have to reclaim the screen.

    I know I'm a first time poster, but any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been lurking on the forums for a while without registering, but its times like these that I know I should've gotten on here sooner.

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    So here's the lesson I've learned painfully: Rather than waste your time, ink, paper and, uh, time... reclaim that thing and start over. Just do it.
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    That spray stuff is pretty nasty. Consider using a water based adhesive like Tex-Tac mixed 50/50 with water. If any of that got on your screen it would just wash off..

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    so if it didn't come out with water, it is solvent based. use some paint thinnner or screenwash or lacquer thinner on a rag it will come off
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    Todo es empezar.

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    oh, and depending on your emulsion, the thinner may lock the emulsion in when you go to reclaim. TZ was notorious for that, i think some water resistant only emulsions react badly when you put thinners on them.
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    Todo es empezar.

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    Thanks GP, I appreciate the help. I think I'm just going to have to reclaim it and start over. I don't got any thinner on hand so reclaiming seems to be the only option... Would something like nail polish remover work?
    Anyhow, thanks again folks.

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    Nail polish remover is basically acetone, so yeah it would probably work. The worst that could happen is that you still end up having to clean your screen.

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    I ended up using some screen opener. Worked just fine, but during washing the screen the emulsion on some text began to give way.
    I'm not sure if it was the screen opener or maybe i scrubbed too hard. Anyhow, i'll be reclaiming the screen, but thanks GP.

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