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Old November 16th, 2019 Nov 16, 2019 11:14:42 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys! I’m a new to screen printing and having trouble. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or if it’s the screen or what. So please help! Not all the ink goes through, so I get a faded look. Which is great for some shirts but I can’t for the life of me get a solid print and I have an order that I’m practicing for. Please help!!
 
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If you clean all the ink out and hold the screen up to a bright light you can look through the clear areas of your stencil and see if they're clear. If there is still emulsion in your stencil, see if you can rinse it out. Use a pressure washer if it's stubborn (rinsing from the shirt side of the screen.)

If the stencil is good, the problem could be with your squeegee technique. Use a flood stroke followed by a shear stroke followed by a slow firm stroke to drive the ink through the stencil and onto the shirt. I put this video on YouTube a while back. It's plastisol ink but illustrates the squeegee technique. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vefhrBxIWo&t=12s
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Do not over-dry your garments under the conveyor dryer. Excessive heat not only damages your cloth but also fades the fabric colors
 
 
Old November 18th, 2019 Nov 18, 2019 7:57:27 AM -   #4 (permalink)
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You don't mention how detailed your design is so I wonder if your screen count is too high not allowing more ink to pass through the screen??
 






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