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  1. #1
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    Default emulsion issues...

    So I've got 3 screens tied up with emulsion stuck in the screens. I've tried 3 different kinds of reclaimers... I think one of the screens I left outside and assume maybe the direct sunlight in this 95-102 f weather probably is why that screen got screwed and is keeping the emulsion in. the other 2 I'm baffled on, and even called tex source to try and figure out why It's not coming out, they just sent out a sample of another reclaimer. The screens are 156s and the emulsion is a blue/green ulano, the reclaimers i've used are ulano stencil remover, easy strip one step remover (although I had the ink cleaned off before reclaiming with this one) and the chem source ER-1. I didn't let any of it sit in the screen, I sprayed them down and used a scotch-bright and scrubbed the hell out of them, sprayed with the hose, repeated the process 4-5 times. still has stuff left in it. Any suggestions as to what I'm doing wrong is greatly appreciated.

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    I've been through this. All the scrubbing in the world won't get all the little Ulano 925WR (I know you are using different emulsion, 925 is not blue/green) dots out of the mesh, even if you use a dehazer - if you are shooting it with a hose.

    A pressure washer solved all of my problems. If you don't have one, take the frame to a car wash that does and apply some dehazer, then hit with the car wash hose. I bet this will knock out the stuck in emulsion. Sometimes you have to get in really close, 1-3 inches away, and just blast it.

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    A pressure sprayer is essential kit if you want to screenprint.
    As essential as a squeegee or a scoop coater.

    If you're thinking that you can't afford $150 for a sprayer... Ask yourself if you can afford to replace ruined screens and wasted materials while trying to get by without one.

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    done and done, went out to the walmart bought a cheap one to hold me over 'till my finances are a little more better. Works really well. I knew about using one, but in the past I've been able to wash out the screen with just a hose and nozzle attachment thing. Thanks for the imput! I figured i was doing something wrong other than that. Worked great.
    "Don't forget to enjoy life"- Phoond

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