RE: [PPLetterpress] platemaker maintenance
- Well, I used a Polimero platemaker in a shop I worked in, and over a five year period we always kept water in there without apparent damage to the wooden brushes. I don't know for sure, but I would think it would be harder on the wood to go through a wetting-drying-wetting-drying cycle, rather than to just be wet all the time.
From: Gerald Lange [mailto:bieler@...]
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 10:08 AM
Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] platemaker maintenance
>gerald et al,
> thanks for your help. please clarify: at the end of the day, you
>flush the system. but do you keep the tank empty til the next use, or do
>you fill it immediately with clean water? our system gets much less use
>than yours does, gerald, so it would sit empty for days. in our dry
>climate, i worry that, left empty, the wooden brush bases would split.
>also, left empty, i think the brush pattern would be damaged. what do you
Yeah, I leave the tank empty until the next use. Didn't realize the
Polimero had wooden bases. Splitting could be a concern, as well as
warping I suspect. But sitting in water all the time can't be so good
either (?). The brush pattern won't be damaged by drying out. Next time
you fill it up with water the brushes will hydrate and you can slightly
rub them with your hand to put them in order, if needed.
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