This printing day was a struggle from start to finish.
I produced film positives from my images, which went well enough:
Unfortunately with a manufacturer recommended shelf life of three weeks, my emulsion was long passed expired. Screens coated with expired emulsion will usually expose, but the most magical step in screenprinting, washout of the stencil, is near impossible. This typically presents the printer with two options:
- Be smart and start over.
- Use force.
Of course a Born in the USA runaway train such as myself only has one speed: full steam ahead. And I was pissed. Not in the mood to relive my Tuesday morning, it was time to bust out the big guns. That’s right, the hour had approached to unleash 1600 Watts of heavy-duty aluminum axial cam pounding 1400 psi of unforgiving H2O through any weak-ass bullshit expired emulsion in its way. And at 651 square inches of total area, these pissant screens were about to meet (651 in2 x 1400 psi) 911,400 total pounds of punishment. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Husky 1600 Power Washer. I like to keep it handy for close encounters.
Note the difference in the washout before and after power washing. Now I had myself some stencils.
Next post: Taking it out on the card stock.