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« on: October 07, 2006 05:26:41 PM »

Hi! I'm a newbie to screenprinting, and my first set of prints came out well.  Woot!  However, I can't get the "ghost" of the image out of my screen.    It's totally see through again, so it can be used, but it is still dyed pink (the color of the filler) the places that I'd had it.  The only problem really is that it's difficult to see the fine lines to trace to use the screen again.  I followed the directions repeatedly, but I just can't get it out the rest of the way.  Any tips?
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2006 03:11:19 AM »

Um, I'm a bit of a newbie too, but I think you're talking about the 'haze' that all screens get after they've had a design on them.  They're not a problem for future output quality, but you can buy special 'haze remover' from wherever you get your supplies.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2006 09:56:35 AM »

The haze can be removed using haze removers.  The best of these are very caustic so you have to use heavy rubber gloves and eye protection.  Again: WARNING! These things are dangerous and you need to use a lot of caution.

I assume you are hand painting the filler by placing the screen on top of a sketch.  If this is correct, you might be able improve things a little by using a light table.  This will make the haze less noticable.

 
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