There was a similar thread a while back about this subject. Try to search it. If you ask me it kind of defeats the purpose of owning the newmans. I would just used the roller frames exclusively and enjoy the benefits of high tension.
I did a how-to on that thread. I came to the same conclusion. It' just not worth the trouble of stretching a frame properly, and prepping the static frame, and not getting glue on everything to justify it.
If you have the right workflow, stretching on 23x31 MZX's initially, you can cycle them a few times, retension and work harden, and then transfer them to 20x24 statics. I do this so I always have newer mesh in rotation, slowly going onto the oldest/busted statics.
If you have bigger frames than you can use on press, you can always use them as mechanical stretchers and stage tension to get a decent screen out of them.
When transferring to aluminum you may want to rough up the bonding surfaces and apply a layer of glue as a primer.
The 2 part polyurethane glues are excellent, but not for the impatient. CA glue with an activator will get your frame bonded in less time than it takes you to spread the glue, and done properly will make a screen that will last quite some time with care. Just make sure you get fresh glue at a proper viscosity, CA goes bad by slowly getting thicker and thicker-- if it's sluggish like molasses, you probably don't want it. It's either old or for very low mesh.
You're right Andrew--most remesh places charge way too much, especially for the amount of work and care a lot of them put into it. Not knocking the people/businesses that do it right--I just wish there were more of you. Fifteen or twenty bucks to remesh a 125 isn't bad when it's done right and you can get a couple hundred runs out of it.
This process works great. Even though I have mostly 18x20 newmans I use 1 23x31 to remesh my old statics. 1 word of caution it's a slow process to do correctly. I tension the mesh then sit over night and retention next day and 1 more time. The first ones I did after glueing found out that a lot of tension was lost after a few days. Of course I don't have a table to stretch newmans which would probably eleminate the need to retention before glueing but if you had a table you wouldn't be using statics.... I do put images on my old statics that are repeat customers and don't reclaim them
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