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Printing your own shirts at home is fun but can also be a long and tedious task, especially if you don't do things properly from the beginning. But when done properly the final results can be very rewarding.
First you have to make sure that the screen is completely dry so if you are washing your screens then you have to wait for them to dry. I like to stand them up in front of a fan for a few hours you can usually tell if they are dry the screen itself has a slight change in color in spots that are wet, you don't have to wait for the frame to be 100% dry but I like working with metal frames because they don't absorb water like the wooden ones. Once the screen dries then the fun begins.
Take your screens in to the dark room and if you have dark room lights (the red ones) then you can turn one on but try to keep the emulsion away from the light. Pour some emulsion into your coater you don't need a lot of emulsion if you are only doing a few screens. Holding the screen with the back facing you (the side that is flat) at about 110* angle in one hand and the coater in the other tilt the coater so the sharp edge is flush with the screen. I like to hold the screen in my left hand and the coater in my right because you need to apply a little pressure on the screen with the coater and I have more control when I use my right hand.
When you see the emulsion coat the whole edge of the coater and bead up at the sides a little you slide the coater up the screen in one even motion. It take a lot of practice to get a nice even coat. When you reach the top of the screen tilt the coater back so the emulsion goes back into the dish. Push up a little more and pull the coater away from the screen then flip the screen and repeat the same motion on the inside of the screen. If you didn't get a nice even coat like if towards the top the emulsion thins out and disappears this means that you didn't have enough emulsion in the coater but there is nothing you can do but work around it. Don't re-coat an already coated side!
After you coat a screen lay it on a drying rack with the flat side down, make sure that nothing touches the emulsion while it is wet and that no light gets on the screens until you burn them (put the design you want to print on the screen). Allow the screen to sit in the dark drying for at least 24 hours of until dry. If you coated the screens evenly then you shouldn't have to worry about dripping, but if you didn't then you might have to wait a few minutes between coating screens to make sure that they don't drip on each other.
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