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    Default The Flood

    I wanted to get everyone's opinion concerning flooding the screen. Critically necessary? Waste of ink?
    Personally I don't do a flood stroke as I find it ruins the next 3-5 prints. I tend to do very very short runs, at most 30-40 prints at a time.

    Any advice/opinions would be appreciated.

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    not sure what you're printing but if its super detailed on a high meshcount then ink drys in the screen quickly with out a flood. i typically keep a wet sponge handy even when theres a flood and the small bits dry out.

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    Absolutely needed when printing WB, oil, and fast drying/ evaporation inks. Not so needed with UV and Plastisol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Friendly View Post
    Personally I don't do a flood stroke as I find it ruins the next 3-5 prints.
    Doesn't sound like you're printing up to peak performance if this is the case.

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    could be using too much pressure on the flood stroke? forcing ink actually through the screen?

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    My process when I do flood, would be to do a flood stroke every 5 or so prints and the following print would get too much ink and smudged. I was working on 150-180 mesh screens though I've just got some 230 screens this week. I'll give it a shot again.
    Oh, and I was using Acrylic paints mixed with the Golden base and never experienced any drying.

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    less flood pressure. think of simply filling the stencil with ink prior to pressing totally thru the screen. therefore no waste of ink.

    also, the higher mesh will definitely help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Friendly View Post
    My process when I do flood, would be to do a flood stroke every 5 or so prints and the following print would get too much ink and smudged. I was working on 150-180 mesh screens though I've just got some 230 screens this week. I'll give it a shot again.
    Oh, and I was using Acrylic paints mixed with the Golden base and never experienced any drying.
    Awesomeness. Here everyone is trying to come up with the cheapest way to make ink and you come in here on an end run with the most expensive way. "Hey y'all flooding fools."

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    i don't like flooding when i'm doing halftones, especially on 230 mesh screens.....image gets too dark and i lose detail.

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    The smallest screen I use for WB printing is 255. Maybe 195 for metallics.

    150? That's for t-shirts! Might as well use a screen door!
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