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Re: [PPLetterpress] Odd Paper Dampening Question

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  • Gerald Lange
    Bryan If you redampen a printed sheet, yes, you will lose your crisp impression. 8-9 days is extremely long. I d think it would be difficult to maintain
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 21, 2011
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      Bryan

      If you redampen a printed sheet, yes, you will lose your crisp impression.

      8-9 days is extremely long. I'd think it would be difficult to maintain
      consistent hydration, not to mention the likelihood of fungi growth.

      Never tried it but the proffered refrigerator idea might be worth exploring.


      Gerald




      On 9/20/11 5:29 PM, bryan kring wrote:
      > As I said in the previous post, I use dampening boxes to keep my paper damp while printing. The boxes are plastic storage boxes lined with foam that I soak with water.
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      > My biggest challenge in printing on dampened paper is finishing a large or complex job before mold sets in. I have never had a bad mold case but I started to sense that I was pushing it close after keeping the paper in the boxes for about 8 or 9 days while printing a large job with complex plate changes.
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      > Currently I am preparing to print a calendar on a long sheet of 285gsm printmaking paper. The sheet is 5.25" x 15". It folds to 5.25" x 7.5". Centered in the top panel is the artwork and filling the bottom panel are the calendar dates. There is about 1.5" of blank space between the top art and bottom dates.
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      > Because my top art is very complex this year I am wondering if I could dampen just the bottom half the paper, print onto it, let it dry, and then dampen the top half and print. This would allow me to print the full piece without rushing so much.
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      > Has anyone ever done this? I am not sure if it would make a difference if I dampened just half the sheet, printed, dried, dampened just the other half and finished the printing. Or dampen the full sheet each times. Can you dampen a printed sheet without loss of a crisp impression?
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      > I dampen With the Allen method of sponging every other sheet and stacking.
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      > Thanks so much for any advice.
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      > bryan kring
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