Decisions you make during the screenmaking stage can have a major impact on the success of the printing process. Learn about the choices you face in frame selection and in securing your mesh to the frame.
By Eric Klein
As far as applying the adhesive, I have seen this done in every conceivable way, from manual to automatic application. Personal preference dominates here since there is no right or wrong way of applying adhesive. In other words, you can achieve the same good results from applying a bead of adhesive, pushing it through the mesh, and smoothing it out with a plastic card as you can by dipping a stiff brush into a cup of adhesive and brushing it through the fabric. Additionally, some manufacturers will tell you to prime the frame with adhesive before stretching the mesh and bringing into contact with the frame surface. This is not always necessary if the frame has been prepared properly, but it usually won’t hurt to do this for added insurance.
The other type of adhesive system, which was extremely popular a few years ago but is slowly losing its hold on the market, is the cyanoacrylate (CA) or superglue adhesive. The CA adhesives mainly consist of ethyl cyanoacrylates, which have a good strength characteristic, fair solvent resistance, and compatibility with most materials. Some manufacturers offer specific formulas for wood, aluminum, and painted surfaces. Just like the catalyzed systems, the CA adhesives come in many viscosities for just about any application.
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