The exorcist – how to get rid of ghosting on your screens
When you have finished your screen print run there are a number of next steps.
If you plan to use the design again then you need to wash the screen down. This will remove the ink from the screen but leave the exposed image. If your ink is water based a simple hose down is sufficient but a solvent ink will need screen wash. Make sure to use the right process for the ink involved.
‘Reclaiming’ is the act of striping the stencil from your screen in order to create a new stencil and start the printing process over again. If you are not going to print a design any more it’s time to reclaim your screen so that you can use them for something new.
Remove all tape from the mesh. Apply stencil strip with a cloth to both sides of the screen. Using a power washer to clean the screen thoroughly on both sides. Your screen is ready for reuse.
If there is still an image left on the screen this is called ‘ghosting’, this is an example of a screen with ghosting.
If there is any ghosting of the screen you can use a ghost remover / haze paste to remove them.
Haze Paste remover is a great solution if you have any ghosting left on your screen which is common when using waterbased inks as they dye the mesh. Our range includes the premium MacDermid Autohaze will deals with the most stubborn stains.
The finished screen after using this product Haze Paste..