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    Default reclaiming screens

    Anyone got any good tips on washing out used screens? Right now I discard all the ink first, then I spray it with emulsion remover and scrub it vigourously, let it sit, and then blast it with a garden hose nozzle. Is a pressure washer really going to greatly improve the reclaimation process? I'm thinking about picking up a $90 or so pressure washer from Home Depot........ see if I can cut down the 45 minutes it takes me to reclaim to a little less. Thoughts?

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    get a power washer. it will cut your time down to like 3 minutes. i bought the $90 special at menards and it works great.

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    Get a pressure washer
    It's worth spending some $$$$

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    Cool. Think a cheap one ($90ish) from Home Depot will do the trick?

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    It should work just fine

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    I'm getting in the car, goddammit.

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    Default Re: reclaiming screens

    Quote Originally Posted by neal
    Anyone got any good tips on washing out used screens? Right now I discard all the ink first, then I spray it with emulsion remover and scrub it vigourously, let it sit, and then blast it with a garden hose nozzle. Is a pressure washer really going to greatly improve the reclaimation process? I'm thinking about picking up a $90 or so pressure washer from Home Depot........ see if I can cut down the 45 minutes it takes me to reclaim to a little less. Thoughts?
    i'd love to have a power washer. right now i use a garden hose, and it takes me only three minutes to wash it out.
    make aure you let that emulsion remover sit for a full minute or so before you scrub or spray any water.
    45 minutes sounds like what using bleach was like for me for years. then liberti told me i didn't have to be so punk rock, and introduced me to remover.
    thanks ron!
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    I just hit up the car wash once a week. Costs me a buck to clean up 5 or 6 screens.

    I loosen everything up with emulsion remover first and spray it out in the tub with the shower adapter. If there are any real tough spots of ink or emulsion, I use Franmar's D-Haze gel. Just drop a small amount on the screen and rub it in with a toothbrush. Stick those suckers in the trunk with the d-haze gel still on 'em and run up to the car wash.

    One of these days, I'll invest in a pressure washer.

    The Franmar gel is great though. Not so great in removing ink haze, but it won't burn you at all. It's biodegradable. Has a slight odor, but not overwhelming. Great for loosening up emulsion and set in ink. Plus, it degreases the screen as well. Good product.

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    ryan, where do you get that gel from?

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    I get it from - www.valleylithosupply.com

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