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ISS Atlantic City Starts This Week

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Come join us at the ISS Atlantic City Show starting this Thursday, March 23rd – Saturday, March 25th at the Atlantic City Convention Center. John Levocz will be in attendance, so be sure to connect with him there.

Don’t miss our latest products showcased at our distributor partners’ booths:

Davis International, Booth 1437

Nazdar Source One, Booth 729

See you there!

March 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm 1 comment

Building a Darkroom for Print Shops With Limited Floor Space

darkroomracksCan you suggest some approaches to building a darkroom for a screen-printing shop that has a limited floor space? This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:

A booth can often be constructed of black plastic sheeting, which is relatively cheap to purchase. Choose a location close to the washout area to minimize exposure to light. Simply construct a 1′ x 3′ wooden frame and determine where to place the entry to the dark room. Staple the plastic to the frame and overlap some plastic to create the “door.” By overlapping the plastic sheets, it will minimize the light coming through during entry and exit. Also, be sure that the plastic cover reaches to the floor to block out light completely.

Another way to create a darkroom with limited space is to repurpose an existing room. For example, if the bathroom is not too small, turn it into a dual-purpose room. Repurposing a closet is also a great way to make use of the space you have.

Stand in the darkroom prior to use to be sure that there is no light leaking into the room. It may be necessary to block out minute shafts of light coming in through the bottom or sides of a door. Use plastic sheeting or light-blocking curtains to eliminate any light contamination. Consult your emulsion manufacturer as to which lights would work best and add a dehumidifier. In such a closed room environment, your screens will dry faster and more thoroughly when moisture content is controlled.

Kieth Stevens is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings. He has been teaching screen printing for more than 10 years and is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

March 7, 2017 at 5:04 am 1 comment

To Push or Pull? That is the Question.

to-push-or-pull-that-is-the-questionIn a recent article published by Impressions magazine, Kieth Stevens gives us some tips on how to properly use a squeegee.

How your squeegee method can affect your print results

I visit hundreds of print shops a year — teaching, training and sharing. I also visit a few trade shows and distributors’ open houses. One thing I see in the trade shows and open houses that I rarely see in professional print shops is printers who are pushing the squeegee instead of pulling it.

Now, I’m not saying that there isn’t a time and place for pushing — I sometimes push the squeegee instead of pulling it when I need to move an image a tad in that upward direction in order for my registration to line up correctly without having to re-adjust the entire screen. However, those times are more the exception rather than the norm.

To some, it may seem more ergonomically correct, but that is not how the process was originally designed: Why do automatic screen printing presses use a squeegee with a bendable blade? Why don’t they simulate the pushing technique?

I may be old-school…okay, I am old-school. It just seems odd to me whenever I see it. Yes, there are people that have a hard time pulling the squeegee and get better results when they push (people who aren’t as tall as others, people with upper body disabilities, etc.) But, what I’ve learned over the years is that pulling a squeegee allows the blade to be more flexible than pushing it.

Take screen printing a skateboard for example. The surface has some curves, especially on the edges. Yet, when the squeegee is pulled, the print goes on it smoothly and the squeegee blade is able to conform to the substrate much better. When the squeegee is pushed across such a surface, the blade somehow does not conform as well and may even leave streaks.

You may argue that when printing on a shirt it may not matter much because it is relatively flat. But what if you print over seams or zippers, or if your platen is not entirely flat?

Another thing I have observed is people printing one screen twice, once in both directions. This is a definite no-no. Choose only one or the other method. Printing a screen in both directions can cause a lot of problems, including a blurred image as well as difficulty registering other colors. This technique can result in an even worse image distortion when the mesh isn’t tight enough.

Again, my preference for pulling rather than pushing the squeegee is simply that, a preference. However, I feel that by pushing, the printer is not taking advantage of the flexibility of the blade and its ability to conform to the substrate.

Kieth Stevens has been teaching screen printing for over ten years and is our Western regional sales manager. In addition, he is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

February 28, 2017 at 4:41 am 1 comment

How to Build a Darkroom for a Screen-printing Shop With Limited Floor Space

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Can you suggest some approaches to building a darkroom for a screen-printing shop that has a limited floor space? This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:

A booth can often be constructed of black plastic sheeting, which is relatively cheap to purchase. Choose a location close to the washout area to minimize exposure to light. Simply construct a 1′ x 3′ wooden frame and determine where to place the entry to the dark room. Staple the plastic to the frame and overlap some plastic to create the “door.” By overlapping the plastic sheets, it will minimize the light coming through during entry and exit. Also, be sure that the plastic cover reaches to the floor to block out light completely.

Another way to create a darkroom with limited space is to repurpose an existing room. For example, if the bathroom is not too small, turn it into a dual-purpose room. Repurposing a closet is also a great way to make use of the space you have.

Stand in the darkroom prior to use to be sure that there is no light leaking into the room. It may be necessary to block out minute shafts of light coming in through the bottom or sides of a door. Use plastic sheeting or light-blocking curtains to eliminate any light contamination. Consult your emulsion manufacturer as to which lights would work best and add a dehumidifier. In such a closed room environment, your screens will dry faster and more thoroughly when moisture content is controlled.

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Kieth Stevens is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings. He has been teaching screen printing for more than 10 years and is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

December 16, 2016 at 4:49 am 1 comment

ISS Long Beach 2016

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Less than three weeks away, ISS Long Beach trade show is coming to town!

Come by our booth # 1831 and learn what new products and techniques we have in store for you!

This year, award-winning students from Pasadena City College will also be printing at our booth.  Come catch the excitement and get a pass for FREE by typing in COATINGS for the promo code.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of non-phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

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January 6, 2016 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

New Article: Five Important Steps in Prepping a Screen

Five Important Steps in Prepping a Screen

Though it may not be rocket science, prepping a screen for screen printing involves a few different variables. You must make special considerations for factors like mesh count, diameter and more if you want your printing efforts to yield acceptable results. Following are five considerations that are very important to effectively prep a screen that will enable maximum results when you’re printing….

Continue Reading August 3, 2011 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Where Is Screen Printing?

After our recent trip to attend the FESPA show, we asked Kieth Stevens, our Western Regional Sales Manager, to give us observations he may have of the overall textile screen printing industry and to share his thoughts on the subject:

Continue Reading August 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

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