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Old April 10th, 2019 Apr 10, 2019 8:41:34 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, I'm not a total noob here. Been screen printing for 10 years part time as part of a general graphics company. Rarely do I get stringy ink issues when using plastisol but this job has worked me over...

Printing with Lava Perfect White on 50/50 tees. I am getting strings of ink that look attached to various fibers in the tees. I have tried thinning the ink in different ways, even tried a few runs with zero thinning of the ink... no apparent difference. I tried 2 different brands of 50/50 tees with the same result, however it didn't appear to do it to cotton tees at all.

Considered static so printed at different times of day, thinking humidity might affect it. Didn't seem to change.... then tried throwing a lil silicone spray on it... no change.

Sorta stumped here. Is it a static issue? Ink brand, off contact....?
 
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This may be a dumb answer but I have used Lava on several runs and I found that I have to modulate the crap out of it (which I'm sure you have already done). Also once it starts getting warmer in my print shop I find it gets less stringy. Not sure if I helped at all but good luck and hope you find some answers!

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This may be a dumb answer but I have used Lava on several runs and I found that I have to modulate the crap out of it (which I'm sure you have already done). Also once it starts getting warmer in my print shop I find it gets less stringy. Not sure if I helped at all but good luck and hope you find some answers!

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I have had my ups and downs with Lava. They are amazingly quick to deliver and good customer service, but every color has it's own learning curve.

Curious what you mean that you had to modulate the crap out of it, if you don't mind going into more detail
 
 
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Well tried posting a pic but doesn't appear to like my photobucket link...
 
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I have found that to be true as well! Some batches I get are amazing and go on smooth and others I have to make several adjustments. Modulate meaning stir the crap out of it. I watch a lot of Ryonet videos on youtube and he uses that word. He says that gets the ink properties flowing nicely and should help with any inconsistencies. So I always start there (stirring the crap out of it).
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I have found that to be true as well! Some batches I get are amazing and go on smooth and others I have to make several adjustments. Modulate meaning stir the crap out of it. I watch a lot of Ryonet videos on youtube and he uses that word. He says that gets the ink properties flowing nicely and should help with any inconsistencies. So I always start there (stirring the crap out of it).
I figured but just checking... I'll keep dabbling with this and different thicknesses. Feeling like a dummy today haha
 
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I have those days more often than I'd like to admit! Good luck! Sorry I wasn't more help!
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