Sunday, March 20, 2011

Screen Pinting Blunders :
2nd Burning Failure

I tried the lacquer thinner to reclaim one of my screens this morning. It did remove the emulsion faster than bleach but it wasn't fast enough for me. Lacquer thinner dries quickly so I had to place it under running water after a few seconds to prevent the tiny disintegrated emulsion from sticking onto the screen mesh again. It's no good. I ended up with a messy screen and that was the first disappointment of the day.

The second disappointment came after a few hours, shortly after I tried burning a design onto the new emulsion. It was another case of over-exposure. Aquasol emulsion cures faster than diazo emulsion, Bicky said. So I exposed the emulsion for 6 minutes instead of the 8-minute minimum exposure time of my light box (as specified by the maker). The 25% less exposure time I did was just a guess and obviously, I guessed wrong.

I texted Fritz and told him about the fail and apologized for not being able to produce the shirts by April 1st anymore. He said it was okay because there will be a chance to sell shirts on another blogger event on mid April. Well that's a bit of relief.

Battling my discouragement, I went online and checked out t-shirtforums.com (still can't register) for sources of reclaiming fluid. Luckily, after persevering search I found one - a store named MultiPrint which is also located along Aurora Blvd in Quezon City. According to the forum member who used the product, he sprays the reclaiming solution on the emulsified screen and let it sit for a while. The emulsion comes off instantly when he washes it with water from a garden hose.

That's exactly what I need!

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