Degreasing the screen is an important part of the screen prep process. Without proper degreasing, screens can develop pinholes, fisheyes, and other issues that will cause trouble when it’s time to coat a screen. One way to combat these issues is to use emulsion prep. So what’s the difference between a degreaser and emulsion prep? Why would screen printers use it? And what’s the best way to use it?
Storing screens properly is key to getting the best screen possible. There are several aspects every darkroom needs to ensure proper screen drying. Here are a few tips on how to store screens no matter the darkroom setup.
Having a stencil break down during a print job is every screen printer’s worst nightmare. The good news is that there’s an easy way to combat stencil breakdown. Using an emulsion hardener keeps screens at peak performance.
There are lots of emulsions out in the world of screen printing. The most common two types are presensitized and diazo mixed, or dual-cure emulsion. Which emulsion is best? That answer depends on the type of shop and darkroom setup. Here’s a guide to both types of emulsion.