Use the following tips to control the variables most commonly encountered in garment screen printing.
The squeegee’s importance cannot be understated. Its interaction and interdependence with screen tension is absolute. Without a quality squeegee and a properly tensioned screen, the ink transfer will not happen correctly, resulting in a whole list of problems.
A square squeegee blade is preferred for most printing, and the edge of the blade is critical to a good print. While a dull squeegee will still push ink through the screen, it requires excessive pressure and a slower stroke to do so. Poor edge quality can also cause print streaking and uneven ink deposits.
It is impossible to keep your squeegees sharp without a basic squeegee sharpener (Figure 4). The edge of the squeegee wears down during the friction of printing, and needs to be sharpened on a regular basis. Replacing squeegee material is costly, so putting in a new blade in place of sharpening is not a cost-effective option. Here are a few squeegee-sharpening recommendations:
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