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Old August 5th, 2020 Aug 5, 2020 5:43:41 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Folks
I have been making slow progress and am starting to understand the process (with a lot of wastage)
I am using water based inks which is what my supplier recommended to start with and I have begun to get to grips with offset, flooding straight after printing and developing my own print stroke technique.
My issue is inconsistency, particularly as I print more items. The screen seems to fill in really quickly and the prints fade despite decent flooding etc.
I am using a 43T (110 I believe) screen. Is this too low for the type of work I am attempting, see attached?
Also I am working from my house in Spain which is very warm at this time of year so things dry fast.
Would a different screen and ink type help maybe??
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Also I am working from my house in Spain which is very warm at this time of year so things dry fast.
This is your problem...
Ideally you need an air conditioned room. Use ink retarder to slow the drying, and a mist sprayer filled with water to re-moisten the ink periodically.


The 110 mesh is good for this type of designs. If you use higher mesh the drying problem will get worse.
 






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