Screen Printing – Washing The Screen

Acrylics, Intermediate, Printing | 30 Sep, 2012

This is an educational video to show the viewer and aspiring ‘printer’ how to correctly and thoroughly wash the screen so it can be reclaimed for further use. Its clear and to the point and gives anyone wishing to screen print the underpinning knowledge needed to keep their kit neat and tidy.

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    1. @420jaymac No problem. The only time you want UV light is when you expose the screen. Otherwise you want to keep it out of the light until after it is exposed and washed out. Then it can dry in the light and be used. Thanks for the support! ?

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    2. No problem. The only time you want UV light is when you expose the screen. Otherwise you want to keep it out of the light until after it is exposed and washed out. Then it can dry in the light and be used. Thanks for the support! ?

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    3. @uttermeamumble I’m not sure about that. I don’t know what is in Simple Green. It may be fine but it may also leave a residue on the mesh. Or it may be too aggressive on the mesh. I have never used it for that purpose. I would recommend using a product made for the purpose or you have to find soap without any additives or ingredients that will be left behind. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    4. I’m not sure about that. I don’t know what is in Simple Green. It may be fine but it may also leave a residue on the mesh. Or it may be too aggressive on the mesh. I have never used it for that purpose. I would recommend using a product made for the purpose or you have to find soap without any additives or ingredients that will be left behind. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    5. Hi, i love your videos, def. the best I’ve seen anywhere. That said, I am having a reoccurring issue, when I go to wash out my screens after exposure, the emulsion peels off and bubbles. i see the image clearly and then as time goes on I watch it melt away along with my hopes and excitment! I have properly degreased the screens and thoroughly rinsed any residue, Im pretty sure the exposure time is good because the image shows crystal clear. Could you shed some light on this please! Thanks

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    6. @reactionsb1 Thank you, I’m very happy to hear that you think my videos are the best. That means a lot and I appreciate it. It sounds like you’re having an exposure problem. It’s most likely under exposed even though you can see the image latent on the emulsion after the exposure. Either that or you’re just spending too much time in the water. I’ll send you a video on this. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    7. Thank you, I’m very happy to hear that you think my videos are the best. That means a lot and I appreciate it. It sounds like you’re having an exposure problem. It’s most likely under exposed even though you can see the image latent on the emulsion after the exposure. Either that or you’re just spending too much time in the water. I’ll send you a video on this. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    8. hey, i have been learning a lot from your videos! they are great! i was hoping you could answer a question i have. i’ve seen many stencils that people have made, but i have never seen any with shaded regions. it’s either black, or transparent. i was wandering if it’s possible to HAVE shaded regions. like a gray scale photo. do you have any ideas on how to achieve that? i think that it could be accomplished with small newspaper-type-beads of color, but are there prettier ways? thank you!! ? haha

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    9. hey, i have been learning a lot from your videos! they are great! i was hoping you could answer a question i have. i’ve seen many stencils that people have made, but i have never seen any with shaded regions. it’s either black, or transparent. i was wandering if it’s possible to HAVE shaded regions. like a gray scale photo. do you have any ideas on how to achieve that? i think that it could be accomplished with small newspaper-type-beads of color, but are there prettier ways? thank you!! ? haha

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    10. @saharahottie Thanks, glad to hear you are learning from my videos. Make sure to check out my website too! You can do gradients and shadowing with halftones. This is simply groupings of dots that replicate tones by their size and or frequency. It is much like newspaper photographs but you can do finer work that looks much better than b&w newsprint images. Four color process or CMYK is done by using halftones and can reproduce color photo like images. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    11. Thanks, glad to hear you are learning from my videos. Make sure to check out my website too! You can do gradients and shadowing with halftones. This is simply groupings of dots that replicate tones by their size and or frequency. It is much like newspaper photographs but you can do finer work that looks much better than b&w newsprint images. Four color process or CMYK is done by using halftones and can reproduce color photo like images. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    12. @KiDeViL1979 Not really because shipping affects that unless the vendor has free shipping. Saati has free shipping. Even on a quart or a gallon I think. You can get 5% off list pricing too with my promo code. Please check out my Print Supplies page for the Saati discount code listing. See my YouTube channel page for the link. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    13. Not really because shipping affects that unless the vendor has free shipping. Saati has free shipping. Even on a quart or a gallon I think. You can get 5% off list pricing too with my promo code. Please check out my Print Supplies page for the Saati discount code listing. See my YouTube channel page for the link. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    15. YOU ROCK!!!! =D ….. I follow your videos!! they are really good stuff… THANKS FOR HELPING ME TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SERIGRAPHY…. i hope you keep on uploading more fascinating videos… I am 19 and new in this business so we are colleagues now..=3 your videos really help me …. greetings from Lima-Peru.

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    16. YOU ROCK!!!! =D ….. I follow your videos!! they are really good stuff… THANKS FOR HELPING ME TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SERIGRAPHY…. i hope you keep on uploading more fascinating videos… I am 19 and new in this business so we are colleagues now..=3 your videos really help me …. greetings from Lima-Peru.

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    17. YOU ROCK!!!! =D ….. I follow your videos!! they are really good stuff… THANKS FOR HELPING ME TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SERIGRAPHY…. i hope you keep on uploading more fascinating videos… I am 19 and new in this business so we are colleagues now..=3 your videos really help me …. greetings from Lima-Peru.

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    18. Thank youvery much! You’re welcome, it’s my pleasure to help out and share information. Check out the Catspit website for a lot more free info on screen printing. Link is on the channel page. Thanks for watching & commenting! ?

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    20. Hey there, sorry for the late reply but I have been so busy printing and keeping up with all of my internet duties. Try to hook up with RhinoTech or MacDermid Autotype in the UK. The both have excellent chemicals. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    21. Great work on the instructional videos! I’ve learned a lot already.I got one question:How come you can wash out the screen so easily? Whenever I burn a screen ( for aprox. 5 min ) it’s really hard to wash out the screen and it takes about 15 minutes. Any advice? Thanks!

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    22. Great work on the instructional videos! I’ve learned a lot already.
      I got one question:How come you can wash out the screen so easily? Whenever I burn a screen ( for aprox. 5 min ) it’s really hard to wash out the screen and it takes about 15 minutes. Any advice? Thanks!

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    23. Thanks, glad you enjoy my videos. If you are having issues washing out the stencil it could be because you over exposed or your film positive is not dense enough to block the light. Even on a 110 mesh it should take 3 minutes or less to washout. Higher mesh count will take less time because they hold less emulsion. I have a couple of videos that give tips on or address burning screens. Check out my more recent uploads. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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    24. Thanks! This is an older video in which we used drain safe chemicals designed to be sent through city water treatment systems. You can get the Saati drain safe chemicals on the Print Supplies page of the Catspit website. Just see the Saati page for the Catspit promo code you can use at checkout on the Saati website. Links are on my YouTube channel page. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ?

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