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    Default removing dried ink from the screen, how ?

    Well the question is in the title, what shall i use to soften te dried ink in the mesh because i have a not so powerful garden hose. I can manage to wash it completely but it will take me 24 hours non stop.

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    pressure washer. In case you didn't understand the first time I will say it once more. Pressure washer.
    Again for emphasis. Pressure washer. Don't argue now just get one.
    Try not to let ink dry in your screens.

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    one more time please ?

    Thank you, i was just trying to know if something else could help, as i can't have a pressure washer right now.

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    I thought you wrote "removing a drink from the screen" like you spilled beer all over it or something.
    I better go get some coffee

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    But, I have had a pressure washer for about 6 months now and every time I use it I am in heaven.
    Try not to eat for a couple of weeks and save up for a pressure washer. The sooner you get one the better your life will be.

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    Take them to a car wash and use theirs for now.

    Lesson one: NEVER let ink dry in the screen, you clean it FIRST, before taking a pee, looking at your prints, drinks or drugs, phoning your mom. Add a little detergent to some water in a sprayer, put it on a sponge, and wet down the image areas-this stops the ink from drying. Then clean your ink up. Then rinse your screen and squeegee with more of the detergent mix and water.

    Lesson two: Get a pressure washer. This and a tight screen fix 90% of all screen printing problems.
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    Default Removing dried ink from silk screens

    Quote Originally Posted by MANSELMO View Post
    Well the question is in the title, what shall i use to soften te dried ink in the mesh because i have a not so powerful garden hose. I can manage to wash it completely but it will take me 24 hours non stop.
    When I have ink that has dried in a screen I use a spray bottle full of furniture stripper. Spray it on, let it sit for a little bit, then use a rag with more furniture stripper to rub the ink out. You might have to do it a couple times depending on how bad it is, but it works awesome. Once removed, wash the screen with Dawn dish soap to remove any residue.

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    What if it's been in the screen for 7+ years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil_tuffy View Post
    What if it's been in the screen for 7+ years?

    Take the screen outside and apply Xylene with a rag; following rubbing as much off as you can, use a very strong de-haze like the sodium hydroxide paste imagestar sells.

    If one of those after the other doesnt get it off it is not coming off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil_tuffy View Post
    What if it's been in the screen for 7+ years?
    I see what you did there. I wonder if it itches.
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