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    Unhappy Trouble with white

    I am printing a design on a 156 mesh 18X24 screen. I am using a 70 durometer, 17 inch wide squeegee. THe design is 16 inches wide.



    I am printing speedball fabric white. I stirred my ink a ton and got it real warmed up and loose. It seemed to not be printing the edges well. Is this because they are too close to the edge of the screen and therefore cannot dip down to make contact to print? I lowered my off contact and it caused the middle to get spotchy but the sides still didn't print. Do I just need to make my design smaller for the screen or am I missing something silly?





    Thanks for any help

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    When you proofed it on paper. Everything was clear?
    It kinda looks like you might have some emulsion dried in your open stencil.
    Seems like you should have enough room too.

    Also Speedball fabric White is really hard to work with.

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    Looks kinda cool that way.
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    How many are you printing? Try printing the image with Clorox toilet bowl cleaner gel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeegeethree View Post
    How many are you printing? Try printing the image with Clorox toilet bowl cleaner gel.
    Genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeegeethree View Post
    How many are you printing? Try printing the image with Clorox toilet bowl cleaner gel.
    Man. that's game right there. Be sure to wear gloves bro.

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    -Design too wide for screen
    -Design too wide for squeegee
    -Squeegee too wide for screen

    You want, at a bare minimum, 2 or 3 inches of empty space on either side of the image, and at least 4 or so inches on top and bottom.

    Ditching the off contact is what made the middle hard to print; you need bigger screens or a smaller image.

    We use mostly 20x24" (OD) screens, and the maximum image size we'll print on those is 12x15". That gives 2-2.5" of space on all sides, and that's cutting it fucking close.

    Speedball white sucks, try Permaset or Matsui opaque white. The matsui is incredibly opaque, but it has the consistency of dried toothpaste mixed with drywall compound. Better have tight screens, a sharp squeegee, and tons of patience.

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    above , plus do it with a 110 mesh screen.
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    110 must work great, but I believe you should burn your screen from scratch. Plus instead of printing on shirt try buying Pellons they sell them at Xenon Products at a very low price.

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