Whether this is a refresher or a tutorial for a start-up screen printer or anyone investigating what it takes to become a masterful textile screen printer of t-shirts, hats and other apparel and fabrics, this is Part 1 of a 5 part series.
Click on Screen Coating 101A for the video tutorial.
These are the tools you need to simplify the Screen Coating process.
Add sensitizer to emulsion and then let stand so bubbles will disappear.
3 – Scoop Coater that has a rounded and sharp side and an angle piece that enables you to tip and rock and shear in one smooth motion.
I want to point out that, generally, you’ll be working with this in a light safe environment. For demo purposes, I’m going to work a bit quickly and then move to a dark light area for screen drying.
STEPS TO COATING A SCREEN FRAME
To begin, pour emulsion into scoop coater without over-filling and then begin to coat the non-squeegee side of the screen frame.
The reason that it’s important to start on the non-squeegee side of the frame is because you want to have the build-up on the bottom or non-squeegee side of the frame.
Move scoop coater straight up the frame and then shear off at the top. REPEAT.
Next, turn screen around and coat the squeegee side. REPEAT.
Place frame in a horizontal position in a light safe drying rack to dry.
Once dry, the next phase will be to expose the screen.
Check out Part 2, Exposing and Developing Screens in the series from RhinoTech.
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