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This does not seem to be a 'life threatening' problem but as I am new to the screen printing thing and am striving for perfection I would like to hear your opinions on this observation. I am printing films through my epson R2400 using all black inks and getting nice dense films. I'm coating my screens and drying them for about 30mins in a darkroom with a fan going. They seem to be completely dry to the touch before I expose on a UV flourescent exposure unit from ASC. I did a test strip and worked out that the optimum exposure was about 3-4 mins and the screens are washing out fine and retaining good detail - no flaking and few pin holes. What I have noticed though is 2 things. 1. When I take the film off the screen right after exposure there is a slight color difference where the clear film has been - i.e. it is still slightly greener than the emulsion that has been directly exposed(which is now blue) 2. When I wash out the screen I notice that around the edges of the screen the emulsion is going tacky again in a few places normally right at the top edge. As I said it doesn't seem to be a major problem as after the screen has dried out the 'tacky' areas seem to have hardened up properly but I am wondering if my exposure is not enough or if i am not drying the emulsion enough before exposing? any thoughts appreciated.
 

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Tygerons spot on--the film will play a big part of this too, if you're using cloudy film or vellum it's blocking UV.

You may go to no pinholes with the proper exposure--if you don't, you'll want to look into your screen prep as well.
 

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Thanks Tygeron and Screenfoo, Yes the film is the cloudy type so I guess I need to increase the exposure. Tygeron, I am assuming when you say undercured you mean not enough exposure to UV as opposed to not dry enough before exposing? thanks again
 

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Yeah, I was going to say something about drying. How long do you let them dry? I used to not store coated screens and would coat and burn within like 2 hours, it will work but I have gotten remarkably better results just letting them dry up over 24 hours at least
 

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Humidity could well be a factor considering we have just had the wettest week in Sydney since 1974! Do you use a dehumidifier in your screen room?
I haven't but there have been some days where I needed one. Even had problems with films sitting around sticking together from the moisture. Doesn't take much.
 
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