Since I moved back home after school I have NOT been happy with a single screen. It's like I am walking a tightrope when I am rinsing the emulsion after exposure. Here are some specs so SOMEONE can hopefully help right this issue:
Emulsion : Chromaline UDC-2 (only about 2 1/2 weeks old)
Screen : 23x31
Mesh : 230ct. Yellow
Exposure Unit : 1 - 500w Halogen Flood Light, 38" above screen.
I have been trying exposures everywhere from 15 minutes to 35 minutes. This last time just a couple minutes ago I let the fucker sit for 40 minutes solid. I go to rinse using the lightest spray the garden hose can do. almost like nothing the image begins appearing, but then blows out ridiculously. Halftones become solids and the thing is useless. By the way, I let the coated screens dry in the dark usually overnight with a heat fan on them the entire time.
I try not to act desperate or retarded around here but frankly I have no idea what I am doing wrong here. I read about guys like Ed Gossage pulling 45 second exposure times, and the fancy machine at work runs flawless in 2 minutes, but GOOD GOD 35 minutes and still washout!?
Help please! I just threw another screen under the lamps at 8:50, going for 45 minutes with my fingers crossed. I'm getting cranky.