Question for the lot of you. I've recently moved studios but the drying rack in the new one is half the size of the one in my last studio. New one holds about a 100 prints. I have 2 jobs coming up that are both editions of 200+ & I typically print all by my lonesome.
I am trying to figure out a way to avoid needing to stop for ages in the middle of every color to empty the rack (I figure waiting time, screen drying up etc would about double my printing time). FYI my rack is one of the standard hinged fence looking ones and unfortunately has VERY little clearance between shelves, so i dont think sliding prints into the bottom on the second go round is an option.
Hey Adam, when you get to the end of the rack you should be able to gently place the next 100 on top of the already racked ones. Just be sure to keep a fan blowing (gently) directly onto the rack. Let me just say rack one more time. Rack.
Thanks guys... But yeah i think the rack trouble is going to be that this rack in particular has super tight clearance between the rack levels ("rack" count:4) I'd say about a quarter of an inch. so i think i might f up the wet ink trying to slide it in a such a tight rack gap. the rack also sags a bit in the middle.
I'm normally not opposed to small rack gaps but i defiantly in this case a much wider rack gap would be better.
a saggy rack is never much fun.
the droid has a decent idea. Place shims on the corners to increase the lift/space between the leaves. Hang your prints over the front edge slightly. then when you start shoving the secnd round of prints in, they can just slide on the print undeneath (which needs to be DRY doh!)
Dependin on the type and your print, you might be able to gently lift all the leaves at the end. the prints should be OK as long as there is a lip at the back to stop them sliding out. Then you can just flip each down like you were starting over, and lay the 2nd round of prints on the dry ones underneath
Ok, here's a better method.
Whenever you put a print in a rack it should be hanging out the front of the rack about 1.5 inches.
When it comes time to unrack you don't lift up the racks.
You put one of the dangling papers between each finger and unrack 5 prints at a time (with practice you can unrack 6-8 sheets at a time).
Unracking this way takes the time down to about 1-2 minutes per rack
We use this method all the time. I like it too because if you print a dud, you push it in. So you can unrack quick, and also separate your shitterz so you have setup sheets for the next colours without sacrificing good ones.
But this doesn't help him with the one rack problem.