Re: [PPLetterpress] Digest Number 598
- Hi Bryan,
For Vandercooks I use Crisco to get the bulk of the ink off, followed
up by a little denatured alcohol to get the last layer of Crisco off.
Put the Crisco on just like you would ink the press, and run it until
the rollers are too slick to spin, then turn the press off and wipe the
ink off. Rubber rollers will need additional attention with the Crisco.
When the ink is mostly off, there will still be a light sheen of your
ink color left on the rollers. Take that off with the alcohol. I think
the alcohol can't be used on composite rollers, but is fine on rubber
When I got my windmill, the Crisco didn't work too well and I found
something else called Amberclean, sold at Kelly Paper, which has
several California locations, if you happen to be in California. It's a
bit pricey, but you don't need a lot to clean a press, and there's very
little odor. The Hazard Index is 0 for health (minimal) 2 for
flammability (moderate) and 0 for reactivity. I have problems with it
not drying fast enough off the rollers when doing a color change
(although the rollers look dry, there are terrible effects on the
printing.) A last wipe with alcohol should prevent that problem though,
and that isn't necessary if you're not printing immediately afterwards.
Happy (Green) Printing!
> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2004 22:34:17 -0000
> From: "printanarchist" <bryan@...>
> Subject: Press wash questions
> I am considering switching over to a "green" press wash. I have been
> using VM&P
> Naptha for three years and have decided to limit it's use here in the
> shop. The brand
> of Naptha I use is manufactured by Sterling. The brand that is sold
> through Home
> Depot sucks...as does Home Depot...unless it's midnight and you're out
> of press
> So I looked over the notes in the archive regarding press washes.
> To anyone out there who is using environmentally friend press wash:
> What is your "green" wash preference?
- By your description, Kim, seems like Amberclean and Genie Safe & Easy are
about the same thing. I think they're both soy based... there's a third
product called SoySolve - works about the same way.
> I found something else called AmbercleanTry the Amberclean on your Vandercook - it might do a better job than
Crisco, deglazes too (does not entice mice).