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Old May 2nd, 2016 May 2, 2016 6:22:11 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Screen re-stretching vs. New screens

So I have a load of busted up static aluminum frames that I use for simple 1-color or 2-color jobs that don't have color to color registration. I also use Newman frames for detail work and multi-color jobs. The newmans in my opinion and for the size of my shop are just too much work for simple low quantity 1-color jobs. I.e, black ink on a light garment.

With this said I wanted to get my aluminum frames restretched but when I look at the cost of that compared to buying new frames I'm wondering why anybody goes through the hassle of getting theirs restretched. I'm buying new static frames for $17.50 (195 mesh) each and restretching costs $14.50 each (cheapest I've found for 195 mesh). The time invested to drive 50-60 frames 4 hours away and then go back and pick them up will cost me more in lost profits by not printing while I'm gone than the $150 I would shell out to buy new frames.

Is $14.50 a lot to get them restretched? Im in Lancaster, PA (about an hour from philly) and cant find anyone else closer at a cheaper rate. Seems to me the best thing to do would be to sell these frames off at $2 each and just buy new frames with new mesh. What are your opinions?

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Default Re: Screen re-stretching vs. New screens

Can't you get an outsize Newman frame and use that to re-stretch your old static frames?
 
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Default Re: Screen re-stretching vs. New screens

Why would anyone buy them for 2 dollars each when no one wants to go get them re-stretched?

Kidding aside, buy new if you're getting good tensions and longevity from your current supplier. If not, go waste some time driving and have good screens to show for it.
 
 
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Default Re: Screen re-stretching vs. New screens

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Why would anyone buy them for 2 dollars each when no one wants to go get them re-stretched?
Maybe because they have a stretching table and stretch their own screens?
 






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