How to Use a Flattening Screen Printing Tutorial

How to Use a Flattening Screen Printing Tutorial


In today’s tutorial will show you how
to use a flattening screen to get that oh so smooth white fashionable print
coming up what is up gang Matt with Mikey Designs here let’s dive right into
that tutorial okay the first thing you’re going to need is a screen that is
exposed with no image in it and this one as you can see it’s got a lot of stains
in it it just quite won’t reclaim these days and it has a little piece of tape
here that makes it extra special so we’re gonna take this bad boy and set it
up on press right next to what will be our white print okay we got our
flattening screen all set up it really does not matter where it goes as long as
it’s just over the print area because there’s really nothing to line up just
toss it on the press now what I like to use you’re going to need put a little
something in your screen and what I like to use is just a touch of our Platts
olive oil adhesive because that’s fairly transparent it’s just a glue stuff does
not dry up so I can just leave it in there and then go back to my screen pick
it up and just keep pushing on so let’s go ahead and toss them this in there okay what we’re going to use is a 80
durometer squeegee it’s a pretty hard squeegee and that’s really just because
this is the only one I currently have clean at the moment Plus this will
actually flatten the fibers a little better you can use a 60 70 80 the hard
squeegee the the more you’re gonna press down those fibers so let’s go ahead and
work with this bad boy the next two items you’re gonna need to use a
flattening screen are some paper towels and most importantly some silicone spray
and all these a link down the description as to where we got the
silicone spray works really well so what you’re going to want to do is take your
silicone spray and give the underside of it a good spray and you might want to do
this in between your stations that way you’re not getting silicone spray on to
your pellets next we’re going to take our paper towels and they’re just a wipe
off the excess that way you’re not printing silicone onto your ink so
nothing ends up washing out of your prep I guess that’s the easiest way to
explain it and I’ll show you what the silicone spray does here at the moment
no I did not use them leave my forehead okay gang we’re using a next-level
t-shirt as our test I would even say it’s a test subject but
these are the shirts that we will be using for this order and we’re all nice
and inked up we did a little bit of a test print doing a video which you may
find on doing a review on fusion 180 ink now this is not the fusion 180 ink this
is what I like to use which is a will flex epic amazing bright white okay so
using our flattening screen what we’re gonna go ahead and do is we’re gonna do
a couple passes just to clear the screen and get a nice bright foundation really
pressing that ink down into the fibers and then we’ll show you what the next
step is let me go ahead and flood this again like I’ll say we’re using that
that T’s in 1:18 and you’ll have to check out the review on that okay now we
have a nice bright print down as you can see there’s a little bit of marbling
we’re using a 195 mesh with the 195 mish you’re not putting down as much ink
which is absolutely fine now I’m gonna send this thing over to the flash okay
while this is over at the flash the idea is to once it’s flashed I’m gonna give
it about eight seconds and I’m gonna swing it back over we want a hot hot hot
you’re gonna swing your press in reverse order whenever you’re doing a flattening
screen so it’s nice and hot and that silicone spray what it’s gonna do is
keep the screen from sticking so I’m gonna give it two to three
good firm presses I might do one more and so now what that did is it really
flattened down the fibers and you have to do it while it’s hot and now at this
point I can’t even fill the fibers as we’ve really pressed that print down now
we have our fibers nice and matted down it’s cooled down a little bit I’m gonna
go ahead and do my over friend I’m just gonna give it one nice fully firm print
because we’re already printing ink on top of ink you can see and you can see
it’s a nice bright friend I’m going to go ahead and take this off and throw the
conveyor dryer you okay our shirts nice and cured and it
has a softer print that’s for sure thanks for tuning in I really appreciate
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a lot of fun Forsch in the shop gnome myself and everybody that twos it until
next time guys we’ll see you later

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