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    Default Printing with house paints

    So this weekend I'm going to pick up some 8oz paint samples, a bottle of floetrol, and get down and dirty printing some 4 colors with house paints. I've been through a bunch of the older threads on here where people talk about using it, but I just wanted to ask it one more time: anyone have any words of wisdom about this? Tips, tricks, wizardry that might be helpful?


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    Should I lick the squeegee between pulls?

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    It's all about Floetrol and LOTS of off-contact.

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    and printing really fast.

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    and then deciding whether it's worth it.

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    And then giving up.

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    I tried printing with housepaints once.

    I failed and it sucked, and instead of saving money I ended up wasting it. In dismay I turned to the bottle, and my life swirled down the toilet: my family left me, I lost my home and my pride. Finally I turned to degrading myself on the street, for crack change. And that's where you'll find me today... all because I ignored the dire warnings of my elders and tried to find answers for myself.

    The moral of my sad tale is: Never experiment with anything, ever.

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    I'm painting my house with screen printing inks.

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    We are currently printing 3000 - 4 color Festival posters with Behr satin finish paint. No Floetrol - No Problems.

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    Any tips you want to offer, Connie? I'm going to have an assistant laying out the prints after I pull them so I'm going to be able to move at a pretty decent clip, and the run is only going to be about 25 pieces. Other than speed and keeping the screen wet is there anything else I should be aware of?

    I read online that misting the screen with water before your first pull and after every few pulls helps stop things from blocking up. Any experience with that?

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    I recently used yellow and white housepaints for a poster run of 120pcs (as I ran out of my usual wb-ink supplies). worked a charm no problems at all. They do lie down differently though, more rough to the touch and a tad "bubbly" in texture.
    I always pre-wet my screen with a wetish-moist cloth, no matter what WB inks i use. I find this stops them gunking up,and I hardly ever have to clean a screen during the run. Not fluffing about, working at speed, definitely helps too.

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