i've decided to join the gigposters forum here cause i need some help, and shall return any help as i might.
my wonderfully talented sister attends the corcoran in DC and takes screenprinting classes. she moved out temporarily and i have complete creative control of our basement studio that i built by hand, but did not finance.
here is a picture of the setup:
there is a huge florescent AWT vacuum exposure unit on the far right. under it is dark windy HEPA filtered storage for drying newly coated screens.
to the left is printing / drying area. two spots, 1 for small and 1 for large screens with hinges on flat melamine. theres a big sink/tub with spray nozzle out of frame.
i need to be taught to scoopcoat fine mesh screens.
i have a gallon of Ulano QX-1, and know the basics...here's my journey so far
i failed to get the emulsion to stick a few times. im curious as to QX-1 dry times, scoopcoating methods.
i have the victory factory plastisol and emulsion remover, and stiff brush, i used those. even with overnight drying, i get hesitant washout of the stencil, and then the whole emulsion comes off in big chunks.
i tried last time degreasing with 91% isopropyl, is there something else i can use to degrease, or is my FNG style scoopcoating method whats causing me issues?
also...for the brave, i know sheer black/white stencils are easier to expose, but of course i have some halftone transparencies id like to work with. the AWT vacuum table has 8 40W floroescent bulbs in it. with QX-1, and whatever technique makes it work, what should my ballpark exposure time be?