December '19

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4 2 P R I N T W E A R D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 A PRIMER ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AND GETTING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT T A Y L O R L A N D E S M A N S creen reclaiming is one of the most disliked tasks in any screen print shop but is important to get right. When a screen is properly reclaimed and cleaned, its longev- ity on-press multiplies. A thoroughly cleaned screen will also have less pinholes, fewer blem- ishes, and expose better. Turning a dirty screen into a clean one ready for emulsion is not dif- ficult if you follow the proper procedure. Where most screen printers get into trouble is by skipping a step or doing the process out of order. HOW TO RECLAIM A SCREEN The screen reclaiming process begins as soon as you finish printing. While your screen is still on press, scrape out as much ink as possible. Depend- ing on the job, you can most likely save this ink. Then, use a little press wash and wipe down the inside of the screen. You are just getting the screen cleaning process started. Move your screen into the reclaim room and remove all the tape. Spray ink de- gradant, scrub both sides, and rinse. At this stage you have two options. One is to place your screen into a dip tank. This will remove all the remaining ink and stencil (emulsion). After a few minutes, you can pull your screen out and power wash it. You will see all the ink and emulsion melt before your eyes. Your other option is to spray stencil remover onto your screen, scrub, and power wash. Either way, you will want to make sure all the ink and emulsion are gone. Clean & Reclaim Your Screen Better The screen reclaiming process begins as soon as you finish printing. (Image courtesy Lawson Screen & Digital)

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