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« on: May 09, 2008 09:51:30 AM »

So I finally got round to using my kit ... it didn't come out so well, as the stencil wasn't 100% black (it was a little patchy) but I'm learning Cheesy

I cleaned off all the ink, and then followed the directions on the Diazo Photo Emulsion Remover bottle ... all the emulsion came off except a 2" thick strip at the bottom and parts of the stencil that had come out patchy.

I scrubbed for ages, but it wouldn't come off, so I left it to dry (after I 'd washed the remover all off!)

So I thought I'd try re-cleaning it today, but not even a little bit of emulsion came off Cry

Is there any way to get this off now or am I doomed to buy a new screen?

Thank you for any help in advance Smiley
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008 12:55:18 PM »

I said this same thing in reply to another post.  You may be doomed.  The issue is to prevent the problem before it starts.  You need to shoot the screen as soon as the emulsion is dry.  If you can't immediately then you need to store it a dark, cool place.  Most of the time this is the problem.  I would also try a flat tray full of bleach water, soaking your screen for ten minutes and then washing it out.  (Bleach is not as toxic to your screen or the environment as screen cleaner but they want you to believe you need it so they can sell it.)  If the screen was exposed properly and in a timely fashion all of the emulsion should come right out.  If you have to scrub it probably isn't coming out, it never has for me.  I learned this the hard way and then took a class with someone who had been silkscreening for 25 years and she said that was my problem.  It doesn't happen anymore.
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