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    Question How much light it too much light during the drawing up of the emulsion on the screen?

    Hello people,
    i always have asked to myself how much light it too much light during the drawing up of the emulsion on the screens?

    I'm quite paranoic and fus-spot so when i spread the gelatine on the screens i close the windows and the door, at the limit of no-visibility. I'd like to work with a better light, but i'm worried for the entireness of my unexposed screens.

    Suggestion? How do you proceed?

    Thanks,
    Fabio

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    We coat in a dimly lit room with no direct sunlight coming in. I've always been told that the photo reactive qualities aren't as reactive when the emulsion is still wet, but that could be completely fabricated.

    Just be sure when it's drying that it is in complete darkness.
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    i usually coat with the lights on. it only takes a minute or so, and i've never had a problem. like nick said, just make sure to dry and store the screen in a dark place.

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    I coat in full fluorescent light and I've never had an issue.
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    Get a yellow bug light or a red light. That should be enough light to see and won't harm your emulsion.

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    We take no care to dim the lights during coating. We are in a bright studio and have never had a problem. We do shut off the studio fans when coating as not to blow in any dust however.

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    I just put a regular 2 dollar red light in my bathroom and living room. It works great and gives the impression of bordello or stoner pad.

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    Over here at Monster Press we...

    1. Coat screen in our warehouse under normal florescent light. If the bay doors are open and the sun is breaking in we will close the doors.

    2. Store to dry in our dark room.... which is just our bathroom with a space heater and yellow light bulb!

    3. When we are setting the screens up to shoot and applying the films we do that in the warehouse under normal light as well. We set up 20 screens at a time sometimes.. never had a problem!

    Cheers..

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    I just use a couple of safelites from an old darkroom, aka: light bulb with a red casing. Just put some ruby over the lights.

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    Thank you all for your detailed answers

    It's what i wanted to know!

    Fabio

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