We didn't have too much trouble printing shirts. Even using discharge ink and a heat gun. I read the books and the forums here on GP and everyone seemed to be indicating that posters were even easier. I guess anything is easy when you know what you're doing.
But we don't.
Freddy built a poster press from Andymac's plans. We didn't completely finish it since we couldn't seem to find the carriage bolts, but we will. Soon. It worked well and held the paper great. But the other equipment was not so good.
To start with...bad squeegee. We didn't notice until we had ruined about 150 sheets of paper, but the one we got had a big dip in one side of it. Note to self: Always check squeegees for straightness.
Even though I've been doing graphics for longer than I care to admit and really, really know better, I still managed to go insane and design a poster that was almost impossible to register. I still can't believe it. Note to self: Don't forget everything you know.
We had clamps that would loosen up and let the screen shift, even when tightened with pliers. We ruined even more paper.
We couldn't figure out what we were doing wrong here:
I called a friend and he said it might be too much off-contact. Or maybe the ink was too thick. I still don't know. But we tried fixing both and it helped. We had less trouble with the black ink.
I was glad I bought 250 sheets of paper (Cougar 100 lb) to try to get around 100 prints. We needed them. It took us 2 weekends of frustration to get about 80-90 posters done. Only about a 3rd of those are registered really well. I'm only selling the good ones, by the way. lol.
But we took them to the Misfits show and they were a hit with all. Jerry Only liked them a lot and signed a few for us.
But if anyone has any advice or helpful suggestions for us, it would be much appreciated. We can't wait to do the next one.