Metal Mesh vs Fabric Mesh

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Metal Mesh vs Fabric Mesh

Postby Van Rollington » Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:00 pm

I am starting a screen printing business with my friends and currently we are debating over whether a metal mesh (nickle, aluminum, ect.) is better for its reusable ability, stencil quality, and emulsion reception over a traditional polyester silk screen. What are some of the pros and cons of metal mesh?

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Re: Metal Mesh vs Fabric Mesh

Postby Catspit Productions » Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:53 pm

You do not need stainless steel mesh for textile screen printing. Completely unnecessary. A good mono filament polyester thread mesh of good quality will work perfectly and pay for itself 1000 fold or 10,000 fold. Mesh is a commodity right now and the prices are very low. A good pre-stretched screen will pay for itself very quickly. ... d-screens/

Stainless steel mesh is used for industrial printing with very technical specifications. It is also very expensive. So are other metal type meshes compared to polyester.
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Re: Metal Mesh vs Fabric Mesh

Postby Saati » Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:48 am

I could not have said it better myself... They perception is that stainless steel screens will last longer than polyester. In some cases you might be right but the cost is 4-5x the cost of polyester and with stainless it deforms real easy and looses tension even faster when it is abused.

Follow Johnathan's advise.. invest in some good pre-stretched polyester screens and never look back.

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