Proper cleaning preserves your screens Part 3

You have invested a lot of money in your screens so it is important to prolong their life with proper cleaning.

The WPS Automatic Screen Washing and Reclaiming System ideal for customers with Automatic Carousels or High Production Industrial screen printing equipment needed to clean and reclaim large numbers of screens quickly and cost effectively.

Proper cleaning preserves your screens Part 2

You have invested a lot of money in your screens so it is important to prolong their life with proper cleaning.

Reusing your design then you need to clean the screen correctly

Reusing the screen then you need to reclaim it.

We sell a wide range of cleaning equipment and products including :-

  •  Dip Tanks
  • Wash Out Booths
  • Stainless Steel Wash Out Booths
  • Stainless Steel Stencil Processing Booths
  • Haze Paste Removers
  • Screen Degreaser
  • Screenwash
  • Screen Reactivator Spray
  • Organic Screenwash
  • Spot Cleaning
  • Stencil Strip Stencil Remover

You can also buy the WPS Screen Printing Cleaning Kit which includes the key products you will need.

Before using the products listed in this category please make sure you are familiar with the relevant product safety data sheets in the following link.

Proper cleaning preserves your screens Part 1

You have invested a lot of money in your screens so it is important to prolong their life with proper cleaning.

We sell WPS Essential Backlit Washout Booths and the WPS Premium High Quality Stainless Steel Units with perspex diffuser panel, lights and isolator. These booths are used for developing stencils.

WPS offers a range of Washout Booths to suit your needs. A high quality well designed booth is key in the proper cleaning and preparation of screens. Inks and emulsion can be power washed off the screen and into the sink to help other areas of your shop remain clean.

We sell:

  • WPS Stainless Steel Premium Washout Booths in a range of sizes, ideal for medium to large printers
  • WPS Standard Galvanized Steel range ideal for small, medium, large businessesand educational customers
  • Filtration Units

Please contact us for a quotation and delivery time.

All about screen printing inks

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Plastisol inks are most commonly used in screen printing because they are not ‘air-dry’ inks and when producing longer print runs they will not dry up on the screen. There is more choice when choosing your Plastisol inks, more colours and also additives that can be added to your

Plastisol ink to produce special effects such as puffer/expanding raised effect, suede effect, lycra additive, glitters and also metallic’s.

Plastisol inks MUST be fully heat cured before washing to avoid the print coming off in the wash. Plastisol inks wrap around the fibres in the fabric, sitting on top of the fabric producing a more ‘dense’ appearance and have a rubbery feel to them. You can change the appearance and feel of the Plastisol ink by using an extender base or a super smooth base so as it feels and looks like the water based ink or sublimation ink.

Plastisol inks cannot be ironed directly over, due to the plasticiser in the ink.

Plastisol inks must be cured at a temperature of 150degreesC or more For more information about curing Plastisol inks, please see ‘Curing your print’.

For further information on Plastisol inks please click here to open our factsheet.

WPS is an official distributor of Union Inks – we sell the full range of Maxopake, Mixopake and Solvent based inks. Click here to access the Union Inks Colour chart.

We have also put together a set of guidelines for using additives with Plastisol ink,

The waterbased ink is like a dye that changes the colour of the fabric and has a sublimation appearance.

Waterbased inks have a softer feel as the ink dyes the fabric as opposed to ‘sitting on top’ of the fibres, has an almost non-existent feel to it.

Waterbased inks are widely used in schools and colleges and also on babies clothing as are economical. One important factor you must remember, if you are printing an all-over print on to a garment that needs to be ironed such as a cotton shirt then a water based ink would be more suitable as you can iron over the print.

When printing breast size logos 9cm x 9xm approx, waterbased or Plastisol can be used but you cannot iron directly over a Plastisol print as it will re-melt the Plastisol and smudge. Water based ink can be printed onto dark colours with high opaque white ink, however the other standard colours will need a white underbase printed down first. When you are printing with Waterbased inks don’t let the ink dry in the screens it can block the stencil.

Only you will know what sort of design work, images large/small you will be printing and designing, this can determine which one of the two to use.

via Wicked Printing Stuff, your home for screen printing equipment and supplies – FAQs.

For kids – more history

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. While this may not sound like a big deal at first, the printing press is often considered as the most important invention in modern times. Think about how important information is today. Without books and computers you wouldn’t be able to learn, to pass on information, or to share scientific discoveries. Prior to Gutenberg inventing the printing press, making a book was a laborious process. It wasn’t that hard to write a letter to one person by hand, but to create thousands of books for many people to read was nearly impossible. Without the printing press we wouldn’t have had the Scientific Revolution or the Renaissance. Our world would be very different.

via Johannes Gutenberg Biography for Kids: Inventor of the Printing Press.