haha. i didnt answer your question though.. I would say for me to get to that point of pounding out shirts like that i was on a press all day every day for 2 years.. Actually sooner but after 2 years i could get a one color job taped up, registered, and printed (box of 72) in under a half hour... But to do that all the time was nuts.. Just cause i could do it doesnt mean i always did do it
Thinkin back to my early days.. u may want to try a couple of things because you shouldnt be struggling that much.. first you may wanna hold your squeeges with your hands closer to the sides of the squeege rather than towards the middle.. Also bend your wrists up a little so your 4 fingers in the front move down closer to the blade.. Another thing.. If the palletes you print on are a bit too high, you may not be getting the full leverage i guess the word would be, to be able to give nice smooth strokes with enough pressure to cover on 1 hit.. see if you can lower the press or make a little platform to stand on that an additional 4-6 inches higher could really do the trick.. Also.. Are you using hard squeeges? the real hard ones i wouldnt use.. the softer the better for coverage (generally)Printing is another story. I'm getting to where I can sorta do it with a 110 mesh. Today I made a screen with two small images on it. With the small images I can better maintain the same angle, pressure, and speed. So they came out much better than the other stuff I've been trying. I could get some to come out maybe 95% perfect with one stroke.
With a larger image, it goes from good to bad from the right to left and from the top (closest to me) to the bottom. So I think I'm having trouble maintain consistent pressure
With black on a 110 mesh, the black turns out super shiny. I made an image I'm trying to in black on a 196 and 230 to try it. But I'm hopeless with those mesh counts. Even with a bunch of clean up strokes about 1/3rd of the ink will still be in the mesh. I'm burning the image to a 156 right now, to try that.
i havent, and i doubt i ever will learn to print with just one stroke. most prints i do just come out better with two or in some cases three strokes. but it will all depend how good your screens are. i know you say your good at making screens. but you would be surprised how long it takes to learn how to make great screens. it will all depend on your screen, which i think is still the most important part of the whole process,
how you clean them
how you coat them
how you burn them
what film you use
what you use to output your film
what mesh size you use
what type of mesh you use
how tight they are streched
how big the image to screen size ratio is
add im sure others will say more.
i guess what im trying to say is you will never stop learning. every job is different so all this factors have to be considered. back to the question even when i think i have a great screen, for some reason i still like to print at least a double stroke for most of my work. the only time i dont is when im working with halftones, but even then sometimes i do. just have to be careful about dot gain