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    Default Time to sharpen the squeegee

    Noticing some streaks in the paint both on the screen and within the print...looking for ideas as to sharpening our squeegees. Have varying sizes from 6 inches to 3 feet, wooden handles.
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    I havent sharpened my sqeegees since I stole them 4 years ago.

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    me either, always been curious the best route to take to do it though.

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    80 grit and bacon grease.
    Shizouka!

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    Find a large shop in your area and ask if they could sharpen yours with the next run that they do. Beer and donuts are always a good way to get your foot in the door.

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    at around $1.70/inch would it even be economical to sharpen a squeegee? even your 3-footers should only end up costing around $60, right? that's chump-change when you consider the mileage a good squeegee should give you.

    but, if you're concerned about waste or you have sentimental feelings about your squeegees and don't want to get rid of them, maybe try taking a cheese-cutter to the rubber. i'm half-joking, but you never know!

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    Sharpening is quick and easy but it helps to have the right tools.
    There are three basic types of sharpeners, Grinding Wheels, Belt Sanders, and Cutting Knives.

    Certain inks are more destructive to squeegees than others. UV ink is especially damaging. It's not uncommon for shops printing with UV inks to sharpen their blades the night before printing.

    Squeegee marks from blade nicks are really apparent in large flats and halftones.

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    are both edges nicked?
    stop banging it on the side of the sink to dry it off.
    same goes for your scoop coater
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    I usually take mine to a large commercial print shop allong with a sixpack beer. they sand them using a special thingy-ma-jig. DON'T bother trying to do it with a knife....

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    Wow. Thanks for the replies!
    Thinking I'll turn them around to start off...then maybe the beer idea!!

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