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    Default Question About New Screens

    Hi There...

    I just got a batch of new screens, 110s mainly, and I know I should prep them somehow with something slightly abrasive to roughen up the polyester. Does anyone have a simple suggestion? I thought perhaps a sponge with a pad, or some Comet or something in that direction. I can order stuff from my supplier but it's 60 bucks a pop, thank you very much.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Mr. Christ

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    search the threads for degreasing screens there's a post a week on this topic. You're this week's I guess.

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    Thanks for the thread tip, it was right below mine, duh?

    One guy mentions Soft Scrub (cheap), another cat Microgrit (pricey).

    Any other ideas??

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    just clean them with simple green to remove the greezy fingerprints you dont need to rough them up these days

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    thanks for your reply...

    i did degrease them, and this afternoon i coated 10 screens. i worked out the correct exposure time with one of them. but even then the emulsion was giving away, i could pick off half tone dots with my fingernail. i blew out the emulsion, degreased again and tried again only sadly with the same result.

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    expose them longer

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    how small are the halftone dots? they've got to be fairly big if you're using a 110 screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantichrist View Post
    thanks for your reply...

    i did degrease them, and this afternoon i coated 10 screens. i worked out the correct exposure time with one of them. but even then the emulsion was giving away, i could pick off half tone dots with my fingernail. i blew out the emulsion, degreased again and tried again only sadly with the same result.
    This happens. If you coat the screen, expose it w/o film and reclaim it. You're good to go. I never degrease anymore, but I always do this sacrificial exposure and I never have any problems.

    110 mesh = 25 line screen.

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    thanks for all your replies...

    one last detail for some of you pros to chew on: these screens are coated with a fresh pot of emulsion from today. after exposing them, for almost double my standard exposure time, the area where the positive covered was washing out with quite a bit of resistance. typical for overexposure, but it was also holding to the edge of the stencil and not washing away. still after washout and drying when i went to the press and was able to take off the stencil with a fingernail or piece of scotch tape.

    i'll try a little of all your advice, i think the screens could use a rugged step test in the exposure department, which i'll try in the morning. the other article on degreasing had these two mentions of fabric roughener which i will have to look into as well.

    by the way... the line screen was 13, big dots.

    thanks again

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    whenever i use a new screen, i usually use this orange based degreaser (imagemate 260 degreaser) and a scrub brush. i've never had a problem with the emulsion coming off the screen. i'm sure any abrasive cleaner would work to rough up the screen a bit. anyways, good luck.

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