From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: silkscreening a front panel
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Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 03:34:11 GMT
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On Thu, 09 Jan 2003 00:38:05 GMT, the renowned "Richard Soennichsen"
>Has anyone any experience with doing their own silkscreening? I am trying
>to silkscreen a front panel. (powder coated alluminum) I used photo
>emulsion exposed through a mask made out of a transparency on a laser
>printer. The screen came out very nice. I am having trouble getting an
>even, non-smudged print. Any help would be appreciated.
Try a separation of about 1/8" (2-3mm) between screen and surface.
Make sure the ink is the right kind and mixed well and thinned to the
proper consistency. Use a sharp rubber or PU squeegee of the correct
length, at about a 45 degree angle to the screen. Make a single
stroke, then cover the printing surface lightly with ink using another
stroke (closer to 90' angle) with the screen lifted. Practice on
plenty of clean paper. You'll have to hold the paper down or it will
stick to the screen, and so might your panel.
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