- You should try some Selig, Citrus Multipurpose Cleaner.
Use is straight from the bottle; It works wonders, even removes old dry ink. You
might want to check the spec sheets to verify that it is as non-toxic as you want.
Only $8-$12 a gallon depending on where you get it.
They use it at the university on the Vandercooks-- and have had no problems with
leftover residues or roller damage. Smells fresh too!
(I have tried several other citrus cleaners and nothing works as well as this stuff--
second only to real roller wash)
- Hi Kim, sorry about the delay to respond. I had an exhibit for National
Library Week on letterpress printing, been busy. I have not noticed any
halo nor can I find much difference in the finish after using mineral
spirits vs. Soysolv. I have a feeling that it may be a bit oilier, but not
significantly. I just finished several days of printing, cleaning between
colors and had remarkable results with the job on my composition rollers. I
can¹t talk to you about rubber rollers, I don¹t use them. Hope this helps
Best of luck,
On 4/11/05 6:36 PM, "Kim Vanderheiden" <paintedtongue@...> wrote:
> On the Vandercook we use Crisco followed by isopropyl alcohol, and on
> the Heidelberg we use Amberclean followed by isopropyl alcohol.
> Something has to be used after the Crisco or Amberclean to remove all
> oily residue. Eileen, I have also noticed my rollers swelling in the
> past, and also at times suspected the Crisco, however, with more
> stringent alcohol cleaning on this new set of rollers, I have not
> noticed the problem again. The new rollers are about nine months old
> now. Amberclean is expensive and the residue is particularly stubborn,
> so I don't recommend it unless you are committed to staying non-toxic,
> and you don't have another alternative. (Crisco doesn't work well on
> the Heidelberg, in my experience). I'm aware of the concerns about
> alcohol drying out rollers. I haven't had that problem yet, and similar
> to Shelley, I figured I'd rather replace rollers more often in my
> lifetime than try to replace a kidney once sometime down the road.
> Speaking of alternatives, I'm interested in what people have been
> saying about SoySolve. Is there any residue that stays on the rollers?
> The Amberclean residue causes nasty awful halos if it's not cleaned off
> well. If there's just a little bit of residue, but not enough for
> halos, there can still be a slight look of general mushiness to the
> printed text - like the ink is too loose or soft. Has anyone noticed
> problems like this with SoySolve?
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