CARING FOR YOUR SCREEN

Caring for your screen is an important part of the screen-printing process. It will save you time and money if you take good care of your screen.

After you are done printing you should wash your screen thoroughly. Take the time to wipe of any paint that has stuck with a soft sponge. Don’t use soap. Cool water will do the trick.

"Any paint that you leave on the screen will harden and clog the mesh, preventing you from having clean prints the next time you use your screen," Monaghan said.

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Shake as much water out of the screen as possible. Set it upright leaning against something and if possible dry it with a fan for 30 minutes. You should leave your screen in a cool, dry, dark place. If you don’t have access to a printing facility that will let you leave your screen in the dark room, keeping it in a closet will work fine.

It’s important to remember that the longer emulsion stays on your screen, the harder it will be to get off later. If you are done printing an image, you should remove the emulsion soon after. Its an easy process to remove. Just sprits the screen with emulsion remover, let it sit 5 minutes and then pressure wash the screen. If any bits of emulsion are left, spray the screen with the remover again and pressure wash a second time.