Do you guys put permanent margins on your screens? If so, how do you do it. I've been using a technique described in the "Screenprinting - the complete waterbased system" book by Adam and Robertson that involves gumstrip tape covered in acrylic paint, but it seems like everytime I go to degrease or decoat the acrylic paint starts warping/flaking/peeling. I feel like I'm spending too much time maintaining my "permanent" margins. What do you think?
Scoop coat as close as possible to the frame, even to the point of having a small coater or a card to fill in the space. Packing tape inside the frame, over the inside gutter where the screen and frame join, and then in a few inches. I like to tape in on the two sides where the squeegee ends run, so they are on tape, not emulsion, and I tape in far enough on the end of the print stroke so at the end I can pull the last print so the ink puddles on the tape.
Clean up is so easy, just scoop the excess ink, then pull the tape. You then have minimum clean-up.
The idea of permanent gutter tape sounds like an invitation for contamination during reclaim and coating, plus you can't do a good coat with a scoop coater if it is running on something. Pure mesh to coater contact if you want an even smooth stencil.
I bought that book too. I wish I could get my money back.
I'm going to start a new thread about waterbase with a story I wrote for a bunch of art teachers. This one's free. I know most of you guys and gals have figured most of this out, but for the ones who are struggling, you might pick up something that will help.