Screen Stencil Washout Techniques

An Overview

Why References Matter

Achieving optimal outcomes in screen stencil washout processes necessitates adherence to established protocols for light time exposure and cleaning routines. Deviations from these standardized references can occur for a multitude of reasons, such as the aging of exposure lamps, variations in cleaning practices, alterations in emulsion application, and other factors. It is crucial to monitor and adjust for these variables to maintain the quality and consistency of screen printing results.

Best Practices for Making Stencils:

  • Use an exposure calculator to find out the right light exposure.
  • Use a light-check on every screen and write down what you find.
  • Clean the screen right after exposing it to light.
  • Use cool or warm water to clean.
  • Start cleaning with gentle water on both sides.
  • If you use direct emulsion, start the pressure washer on the Screen Printer Squeegee side. Be careful with capillary film.
  • Finish cleaning with gentle water on both sides.
  • Look closely at the stencil edges and small dots.
  • Use a vacuum to get rid of water left on the screen.
  • Write down and teach workers the right cleaning steps.

Final Thoughts

Doing the same thing every time is important. The way you clean affects how clear the image is, especially with detailed designs. To get the best prints, always follow the steps the same way, no matter who does it or when. Making stencils the right way can give better print results.

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