When well cared for, your Speedball screen can last for hundreds of screen printing projects. The clean up process for your screen is simple. You just need a sink and soft brush. You can clean your screen with dish soap but I have not found that necessary.
Immediately after you finish your prints, remove the adhesive vinyl from the back of your screen. I use a palette knife to scrape off the small detail pieces. I have found this tool to be easier than a plastic knife. Be careful not to tear or poke a hole in your screen when you are doing this! You can also use your fingernail to pick off the small pieces.
SUPPLIES I USE:
- Dollar Tree Tooth Brushes (soft)
- palette knife for scraping off small pieces of vinyl
- Dish Drying Mat
It is normal for some colors to stain the screen. This is okay – it doesn’t affect the quality of your future prints. Over time my frames and screens have stains from a variety of projects. If you want to replace your Speedball screen, this tutorial walks you through replacing your Speedball screen.
I have a very small sink in my art space so it takes some turning and maneuvering to get the entire screen cleaned. I replaced our standard sink faucet with a pull down sprayer. This has helped speed up the cleaning process a ton! If you don’t have a spray feature on your sink, you can use the soft brush and a steady stream of water just the same.
After your screen and tools are clean, leave them try dry before starting on your next screen printing project!