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Making Screens with Sign Vinyl

Posted on Sun, 1 Apr 2007 at 10:07



Recently a student of mine, had a flaw in a screen ( a missing center for a "B" and an "A" ) and I told him to use sign vinyl , cut the item in his vinyl cutter, and replace the missing items.

He mis-understood my advice and re-made the whole screen with sign vinyl, and used it successfully to make 100 shirts with Union Ink. He has since made Forty , 24" x 18" , coroplast signs with this same method, using Nazdar 59-XXX series ink. ( no ... I did not make a mistake on the number ... I suggest using this over the 7500 or 5900 series all day long).

I have wondered for years just how well vinyl would work, but never got around to trying it.

NOW I KNOW .... AND SO DO YOU !!

Richard
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John Wallace says: Richard, That is no big secret. Guys that have been in the sign and screen printing business have been doing it since the Gerber 4 came out in the eighties. We have even used paper stencils cut the same ...

Richard,
That is no big secret. Guys that have been in the sign and screen printing business have been doing it since the Gerber 4 came out in the eighties.
We have even used paper stencils cut the same way. You will find that there will be a few problems with this by using preasure sensitive vinyl.
One..the adhesive on the vinyl will melt due to chemical content of the ink and contaminate your print, thus shortening the print life, and Two...the thickness of the vinyl will quite often cause your print stroke to lay down too thick of an ink layer on the substrate, causing longer curing times.
Most of use who use vinyl to screen print cut the vinyl in reverse, transfer it directly to the screen as the stencil, expose it then let the water rinse the vinyl off as we´process the screen.

posted on: Wed, 04/04/2007 - 12:02pm

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