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    Default Screens not blowing out totally

    Ok, I tried looking for a thread on this, and gave up after a while, so here it goes.

    I've been having trouble with my screens not entirely blowing out, even though they appear to have blown out completely. So when they are dry, and I start to print, the ink isn't flowing through the screen in some sections (it's kinda hazy, ya know?).

    When I reclaim a screen, I get out the emulsion remover and spray that on, let it sit for a couple of minutes, pressure wash it, then let it sit to dry.

    I don't use haze remover, and don't clean them off with simply green or anything. Is this where I'm going wrong? Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I never handle any of the screen reclaiming and what not but if I was having the problem you're having right now I'd sure as hell be screaming at the screen guy.

    Have you tried that?

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    sounds like you need to spend more time rinsing.
    Spray down the ENTIRE screen, not just the image area.
    Both sides.
    Sometimes I get a clear film that blocks out parts of the image.
    You should be able to take it down and spray it out.
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    Steve, I'm thinking that might be the problem (I'm primarily spraying JUST the main image).

    However, does haze remover help this, or does a pressure washer take care of it?

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    Are you talking about spraying out the image
    or reclaiming the screen?
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    The term blow out is hard to understand. If the emulsion isn't washing out completely after you expose your screen you have probably exposed your screen for too long.
    If there is emulsion left over from a previous print job you are not getting your screen clean enough. Hold it up to a light now and again during reclaiming to see if there is any emulsion blocking the holes.
    You need to get a pressure washer. Haze remover can do wonders in combination with the pressure washer. Without these two things you are asking for a screenprinting heartache.

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    Sorry, if I'm being confusing.

    Both, I'm wondering where the problem I'm having lies. It could possibly be with both the spraying and reclaiming.

    I'm thinking that I'm not spraying out the image enough, but could that clear emulsion stuff also be from not using haze remover when reclaiming?

    Am I on crack?

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    I've never used haze remover, but a pressure washer is not optional.
    Instead of just spraying reclaimer on, you should spend 60-90 seconds
    scrubbing on each side with a scrub brush.
    Are you degreasing?
    There are so many variables....
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    No, I'm not degreasing. How should I go about that?

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    DON'T use haze remover every time.
    Bad for the mesh.
    Is it a new screen?
    Did you ever abrade it?
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