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I was wondering how long do you guys get on average on your screen life? Like how many times do you use usually emulsify before the screen either rips or starts to not be tight anymore.

Next question i have is what is the best way to re-mesh. So far we have just been buying new screens, but are looking to get into re-meshing them. We have wood screens as of now.

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I would suggest not even think of remeshing wooden frames. Swith to aluminum.
The wood frames will eventually warp and cause all sorts of havoc on multi colored jobs.

Essentially evey time you print your mesh will loose tension up to a certain point. after that you can still use the frames yet it becomes a battle. I have frames I have been using for years. We only use simple one color prints on them.

Remeshing frmaes will require a retenionable frame larger than the ones you want to re mesh or a meshing table. You stretch the mesh tightly. spread glue one the new frame and lay the tightened mesh over the glued frame. Spread more glue on top and let it dry.

Some companies will remesh frames yet with the cost with shipping to and fro, you might as well buy new ones.

Tubelight has a decent price for aluminum frames and depending on where your located they ship via company truck for free. We get deliveries from them every Tuesday and Thursday from the Georgia location.
 

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Fluid said:
Some companies will remesh frames yet with the cost with shipping to and fro, you might as well buy new ones.
That would really depend on where your supplier is. It would cost very little (if anything) for me to get screens to my supplier (same city), and they deliver for free. In my case not remeshing would be throwing away perfectly good money (and a total waste of resources). It's definitely the first thing to look into.
 

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Now what is the best way to remesh a screen. Do i have to buy a screen stretching device that is very expensive or is there an inexpensive way to do it?
 

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Remeshing wooden frames is not a good prcatice. remeshing aluminum frames on the other hand would be the better route with remeshing. Especially if your printing highend runs.
Obviously I don't disagree (since that would be stupid of me :)). I was talking in general with aluminium frames (since I don't own more than a couple of wooden frames), but I guess you were talking specifically about the wooden frames the poster owns and asked about, which does make more sense. My bad.

For some reason I took you to be talking about remeshing in general.
 

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Now what is the best way to remesh a screen. Do i have to buy a screen stretching device that is very expensive or is there an inexpensive way to do it?
As with most things in life, to do it the best way you need to buy the appropriate expensive equipment.

If you are remeshing wooden frames you can do it with your hands and a staple gun, but you wouldn't want to use those for anything other than simple one colour prints (that said, it can be a good way to get some cheap frames for using on simple one colour prints).
 

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Lewis i ran it all together :)

hoaxclothing - If you dont go the route lewis mentioned
Remeshing frames will require a retenionable frame larger than the ones you want to re mesh or a meshing table. You stretch the mesh tightly. spread glue one the new frame and lay the tightened mesh over the glued frame. Spread more glue on top and let it dry.
 

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dickblick.com has frames (wooden) for sale that are cheap. never used them before, but you can give it a shot. i think they all come in 128ish mesh.

invest in metal frames- they're easy to stretch. i'm lazy about stuff like that and even i don't mind doing it. once you get it down, you can get a screen out from start (cutting the mesh to fit the frame) to finish (ready for a prepping degrease) in about 10-15 minutes. it's well worth your time and money.
 

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Remeshing frmaes will require a retenionable frame larger than the ones you want to re mesh or a meshing table. You stretch the mesh tightly. spread glue one the new frame and lay the tightened mesh over the glued frame. Spread more glue on top and let it dry.
So could you use an oversized Newman frame to tension your mesh, then glue an old aluminum frame on to it. After drying just trim it? Or is that a bad idea???
 
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