I've been trying to practice using the press and I haven't been having much luck. I've been practicing using Pellons to practice on.
I have my off contact set as good as possible to 1/8th inch. I used a piece of 1/8th inch Plexiglas on the platen to adjust the off contact.
The problem I'm having is the print doesn't look very clear. Like it's blurred or smudged. The image on the screen itself looks great.
At first I thought it was because I was pushing down too hard on the squeegee so I lightened up. Then the image started getting too light in areas.
I don't think it's so much my squeegee technique as it is the setup I'm using to practice, so I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers.
Possible problems that I think it might be:
1) The image is about 8 inches wide on a 10x14 screen using a 9 inch squeegee. The image may be too large for the screen and the squeegee might be too small.
2) Pellons are much thinner than a shirt and the extra height of the off contact is too much flex on the screen.
3) I just need a lot more practice.
4) All of the above.
If anyone can give me some better ideas on how to practice before I start destroying shirts I would really appreciate it.
As a side question, If I screw up on a shirt and I haven't cured it yet, is there anything that will wash the uncured ink out and save the shirt? My attempts at running it threw the washing machine weren't too successful. There was still a residual image left behind on the shirt.