FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CHEMICALS

What is the difference between a screen wash and a press wash?

A screen wash is designed to remove ink from your screen before you remove emulsion. It is to be used in your washout booth and rinsed with water.

A press wash is to be used on press to change ink colors without degrading the emulsion/stencil. Easiway press washes/on press cleaners will evaporate and are not to be rinsed with water. Easiway on press cleaners can be used to clean squeegees, flood bars, presses and other shop tools safely.

 

If there are no stains left after I pressure wash my screen, do I still need to degrease my screen?

No, all of Easiway's 'One Step' products contain degreasers, eliminating the additional step of degreasing.

Can I dump my chemicals down the drain?

Easiway’s One Step Ink Cleaner and Emulsion Removers are drain safe. However, the ink and emulsion that you are using may not be. We recommend filtering the solids before they enter your drain and check with your local municipalities about their guidelines.

EQUIPMENT

Do you have a lead time on equipment?

We try to keep stock of items in house, but often times have equipment pieces on back order. Please expect a 4-6 week delivery lead time from the date of your order. You can call our office at 763-972-6306 to check on stocked items and to get a more accurate lead times on specific equipment pieces.

DIP TANKS

How do I know which dip tank is right for my business?

What chemicals do I put in to my dip tank?

Easiway offers a selection of One Step Ink Cleaner and Emulsion Removers to use with a dip tank. EasiStrip SUPRA One Step Ink Cleaner & Emulsion Remover and EasiSolv 1028 Ink Cleaner & Emulsion Remover will be the two most commonly used chemicals.

How many screens can fit into my dip tank?

  • PT 506 Dip Tank: (2) - 23" x 28" manual screens
  • PT 525 Dip Tank: (3) - 23" x 31" horizontally OR (3) - 20" x 24" vertically
  • PT 598 Dip Tank: (7-8) 25" x 33" automatic roller frames
  • PT 579 Dip Tank: (7-8) 25" x 33" automatic roller frames

How long do my screens need to soak in my dip tank?

Your screens should only need to soak in your tank for 1-3 minutes. This will soften the emulsion enough for you to pressure rinse it off. If your screens are left in the tank for longer than the recommended 1-3 minutes, your emulsion will fall to the bottom of your tank causing your solution to die off faster.

I put a screen in my dip tank and the emulsion is not coming off at all?

There are typically four main culprits to this issue:

  • 1. It is time to make an addition of One Step Ink Cleaner & Emulsion Remover to your tank.
  • 2. You used a solvent on your screen before dipping in your tank and did not allow for it to dry completely. If this happens, it will essentially build a life vest around your emulsion and will not let the emulsion remover penetrate the hardened screen.
  • 3. You applied an emulsion remover to the screen and then allowed it to dry. If this happens, use a product such as 701 to break the bond of the hardened emulsion.
  • 4. Your exposure time on your emulsion needs to be adjusted.

My emulsion seems to be coming off in strings and/or chunks.

This could be the result of one of the following:

  • 1. The screen is not fully exposed causing the emulsion remover to not fully break down the emulsion.
  • 2. The solution in your dip tank is too weak. You may need to add more One Step Ink Cleaner & Emulsion Remover to your tank.

The fluid level in my tank is getting low, but the ink and emulsion is still coming off normally.

You will experience some fluid drag out when you remove screens from your dip tank which will lead to the fluid level lowering in your tank. If your dip time remains at 1-3 minutes, go ahead and add addition of water to bring the solution back up where you’d like it to be. If it is taking more than 3 minutes to soften the emulsion on your screen we recommend an addition of One Step Ink Cleaner and Emulsion remover to recharge your system.

Why has the color of my dip tank solution changed?

This could be a result of one of the following:

1. If your solution has been exposed to certain metals it can change color and stop working.

2. When a solvent is accidentally introduced to your dip tank, it will most likely turn a lighter color and then will change to black over a short period of time.

Will I get build up ink and emulsion sludge at the bottom of my tank?

If used correctly, you should have only a little sludge at the bottom of your tank. Placing the screen in the tank for the allotted amount of time (1-3 minutes) should only soften the emulsion and not completely take it off.

How do I dispose of my used dip tank solution?

Simply pour the solution down your filtered drain. Any sludge at the bottom can be disposed of in the garbage.

Can I leave my dip tank outside?

As long as you keep your tank solution out of direct sunlight and understand that temperatures can improve performance when there is heat and slow down performance when it’s cold, the tank can be kept outside in correct climates.

Does the dip tank solution have a strong odor?

There is zero odor in Easiway’s One Step Ink and Emulsion Removers. 

Is it safe to get the solution on my skin?

It is always best to wear safety gloves. If you do come in contact with the solution simply wash it off with soap and water.

When do I know to add more solution and how much do I add?

You will know that it’s time to add chemical when your soaking time increases to achieve the same results, this is an indication that your solution is weakening. (Example: You were soaking for 2-3 minutes and now you are soaking for 4-5 to achieve the same result). A general guideline is that each gallon of One Step Ink Cleaner and Emulsion Remover should reclaim roughly 150-200 screens. This is based on how many ounces of solution is needed for you screen size and screen condition. A good starting point is to add .5 - 1 gallon of solution and see how long it takes to reclaim your next screen. You may need to add more depending on your preference of strength.

Why should I use an Easiway dip tank over a plastic tote from the store?

Our dip tanks are designed with standard screen sizes in mind, this provides economy when adding your One Step Ink Cleaner and Emulsion Remover. Also, if the correct material is not used in the manufacturing of your tank, or is not molded/welded properly you may have leaking issues.

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