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Important!! Step 3 - Think Ink...
09-17-2012, 07:05 PM (This post was last modified: 09-18-2012 01:48 AM by Base_Camp.)
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Solved: 4 Years, 9 Months, 11 Hours, 30 Minutes, 7 Seconds ago Information Step 3 - Think Ink...
You should be ready to start thinking about inking up. Here's a list of things you'll need to consider but these subjects are covered in depth in their proper forums - so do check there.
  • Roller Condition
    Rollers need to be an exact match in diameter and preferably material too. Check them with a decent micrometer or callipers and makes sure the rollers match the truck diameter. If the rollers are a little bigger than the trucks you can pack your ink rails to raise the roller height to compensate but not if the rollers are different sizes.
    If your rollers don't match each other in diameter you'll need your rollers recovered. If your rollers vary in diameter across their length - you need your rollers recovered. If your rollers have dents, scores, scuffs, cuts, flat spots or holes you will need your rollers recovered. All these issues will produce problems when inking.
  • Roller Height
    Roller height is crucial and must be accurate as any impression into the paper surface will reveal ink on the shoulder of the plate producing unclear print if the rollers are too tight. If the rollers are too loose or too high then you may get "roller skid" smearing your ink or you may simply not get ink onto the paper.
  • Truck Condition
    Again if your trucks are uneven you will get uneven ink and if they are damaged or have flat spots it will affect your ink. You will need new trucks in this case.
    A Clean Press
    Sounds rudimentary but do make sure your type bed (rear platen casting) is clean so your base (or type) sits flat in the chase. Make sure your platen is also clean, always remove ink from your press and don't let it dry. If it does, an ink scraper, wire wool and press wash are the answer - a clean press produces clean work. Anything on the platen will guaranteed show in your work if it sits under your impression area. This extends to other equipment, the glass on which you knock up your ink and scales if you weigh your ink.
    Clean Paper
    Something often overlooked, fan out your paper carefully and flick through the sheets from both ends of your stack. This is good practice for separating your sheets for trouble free feeding into the press but it also allows you to look for debris and stray fibers but also the dreaded 'guilly stick'. Guillotines have a hardwood cutting stick which the blade cuts into to preserve the edge. Chips from this get into the paper when cutting and can spoil your ink if transferred to the press while inking.
Probably seems a lot to think about if you're new to this craft but don't worry you'll be doing it in your sleep before long - no really, you will actually be pulling impressions in bed...

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09-17-2012, 07:06 PM
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Solved: 4 Years, 9 Months, 11 Hours, 30 Minutes, 7 Seconds ago RE: Step 3 - Think Ink...
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