Exposing Screen Printing Emulsion | Screen Room Tips

Before your on press laying some clean screen prints you need to make sure you set yourself up for success. And you do that by making sure your screens are perfect. I mean it is called screen printing for a reason right? So below you'll find tips for making great screens and stencils, everything from Emulsion over Mesh, Screen Exposure Tips, Choosing the Best Mesh, Choosing the Best Emulsion, Mesh Tension, Coating Screens, all are essential for quality screen printing.  

Choosing Screen Mesh Counts

Choosing the right screen printing mesh can be the difference between a good print and a horrible print. Most new screen printers will reach for 110 mesh. This is a mistake. Screen mesh should be chosen wisely. One common myth is that a high mesh count will not let enough ink through for white ink on white base prints. Wrong- white ink can be printed through a 230 or 180 mesh just like a 110 mesh. Read more to find out how to pick the mesh count for your screen prints.

Download a free Mesh Cheat Sheet here

What Emulsion Should You Use?

When determining the type of emulsion to use for your screen prints. There are a couple questions that can help narrow down the answer. What type of ink is the first question. Photo polymer emulsion is only for plastisol ink, and if you try using water based ink with photo polymer then your emulsion is going to break down quickly and the your stencil will be ruined. Another question to ask- what type of exposure unit do you have? All those variables will help you pick the correct emulsion. Read more to find out which one it is.

Click here to download the emulsion cheat sheet. 

How to Burn or Expose a Screen to Make a Stencil

Burning or exposing screens for screen printing can be a very difficult and frustrating step, especially if you don't know the proper time to expose your screens. Improper exposure times can cause numerous problems, including screens that break down on the press while you are printing or screens that will not wash out or develop after exposure. Read more to find out

Click here for tips on exposure times and to download the exposure tips cheat sheet.

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