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Old October 30th, 2008, 03:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question I have a gazillion questions...

Thanks in advance for reading my many questions. Had a nice garage setup in the 90's. So not totally in the dark about screen printing, just been awhile. Joined the corporate world. I was wondering how the screen printing biz is doing with the economy the way it is, because I worry everyday if I will have a job tomorrow, as my husband has lost his job.
Next question: I found a Hopkins 4 color/4 station press, flash dryer, table top exposure, and supplies (some ink, squeegees, and a few other chemicals) for $3000 + $300 S/H anywhere. Is that a decent price for this equipment?
Yet another question: When I was printing back in the 90's, I had a fabricated belt dryer that did just fine. Is using just a flash unit acceptable and how long to flash? Many start up kits I have looked at only offer flash dryers. I know I do not want to go with just a heat gun.
Which brings me to the question: Does anyone know of anyone that fabricates any equipment such as the belt dryer? Not really interested in a fabricated press, but like I said, the dryer worked great.
One more question and I will hush: I used to use the type emulison that I would cut from a roll. I have never used the type emulsion that I must coat onto the screen. What are the pros and cons? I am sure the cost is one, but does anyone use the film type emulsion that I am referring? I would have to learn the procedure to coat a screen for sure.
Okay, i fibbed. Have another question: Actually this is a request: If anyone knows of any equipment located close to Memphis, TN, Please let me know. But am open to making a trip for the right stuff.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 12:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: I have a gazillion questions...

i'll take a stab at a few of the questions:

Is the Hopkins new or used? I've never used them some I dont have a reference point for quality or pricing.

Capillary Film is the "emulsion" on a roll

not sure i understand the way fabricated is being defined but several companies make belt dryers. Actually, i would recommend this approach over using just a flash unit. I think CAPS International is in Tenn. They were last time i spoke to them.

http://www.caps-screenprinting.com/default.asp
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