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65 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 colors or stations make for heavier equipment, and you will get tired pushing the screen and stations around while printing. Plus, most screen-printing jobs are only between one and three colors. Second, you will need a good exposure unit to burn your screens. There are a lot of different options out there, so there are a few things to keep in mind. If it is in your budget, get an exposure unit with a top and vacuum. These create a tight seal and press your film positive (transparency) against your screen, which aids in producing a better-looking screen. Without a heavy top, and more critically a vacuum, light from your exposure unit can creep or bend around the image area of your film positive. This will cause you to lose fine lines, small text, and halftones. Third, you will want a dryer. Try to get one that is 220 volts. These dryers are bigger (compared to 110-volt options) and can cure (dry) shirts at a quicker rate due to a higher wattage rating. Other considerations are belt width and length. It is easier to lay a printed shirt on a wider belt. Remember, when the shirt is still wet, you cannot fold the image over or lay anything on top of it. As a start-up, you will want a dryer belt that is either 24 The estimated cost to establish a screen-print- ing business can be very low, especially when compared to other businesses. (Photo courtesy of Lawson Screen & Digital Products)

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