The Benefits of Capillary Films
One of the main elements that hold people back on starting a screen printing business is the mess of coating screens. While direct emulsion works well, if you are limited by space or facilities, capillary films might be a great route to go.
Cap Films are Clean
Because you won’t have to use a scoop coater or deal with liquid emulsion, your process is going to be much cleaner and allow you to create screens in environments you otherwise wouldn’t be able to – no more worrying about dripping emulsion onto a tabletop or floor.
Cap Films are Consistent
Capillary films are just emulsion coated onto a sheet of plastic, always at the exact same thickness. The easiest way to learn how to use capillary films is by watching the great demonstration videos available from Chromaline, which manufactures a wide variety of great products.
If you have problems getting consistently coated screens, or have a cycle of people working in your screen room, capillary films are a great option to improve quality and consistency in your screen room operation. No matter who is making your screens, no matter what time of day it is, your screen will come the same.
Cap Films are Economical
How many times have you had to toss your emulsion or recoat a screen, or dump excess emulsion after coating your screens? With capillary films, all of these issues are things of the past. Because it comes in sheets, you will never have pour out more emulsion than you need, and as previously mentioned, you will never have a poorly-coated screen. Chromaline QuickFilm has a shelf life of 24 months, and is a perfect option for plastisol printers.
Another benefit is the speed with which you can turn around screens when compared to direct emulsion. While you normally have to dry your screen after degreasing, with cap films you can immediately apply your film onto the wet screen and let it dry, saving a step in the process.
Cap Films are Easy
The process of applying a capillary film is very easy. Essentially all you have to do is lay the capillary film on a wet screen, lightly rub it onto the screen, and then spray the back to encourage the capillary action. You can use an atomizing sprayer that attaches to an air line or purchase a simple pressurizing sprayer. The videos available on Chromaline’s website have a number of tips and tricks to make it easy for you! Another benefit of capillary films is that you don’t need to worry about the orientation in which you are drying them! No more needing a screen rack to keep the shirt side down.