- Does anyone have any advice on what solvent to use to clean press
rollers? I print on a Vandercook 4 and my instructor cleans her press
rollers with regular cooking oil but I'm not at all sure about this.
And, where can these products be purchased?
Thanks for any response, Bethany
- Be sure about it. I used olive oil, which much to my amazement was in the
cupboard. Thinking that there is an outside chance I may eat a salad, the
extra virgin was set aside and el-cheapo vegetable oil from the corner store
was tried. It worked better. Many mediums for inks are vegetable oil based
(linseed oil), so it makes sense that they would dissolve in more oil. There
are a number of bonuses from this. One is that the vegetable oils are fume
free. Two is that they make your skin soft. Three is that the clean up rags
are not a fire hazard. After wiping the ink/oil mixture off the press, a rag
with a little mineral spirits cleans off the final film. And the press is
ready for the next color. Because I am a guy and never get anything that
clean, before printing yellow, the press is inked with white and cleaned. I
use rubber and composition rollers. Not knowing if your Vandercook has
specific risks with this type usage, there are some pros on this list who
will advise you.
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From: "thistleberrypress" <etsu4@...>
> Does anyone have any advice on what solvent to use to clean press
> rollers? I print on a Vandercook 4 and my instructor cleans her press
> rollers with regular cooking oil but I'm not at all sure about this.
> And, where can these products be purchased?
> Thanks for any response, Bethany
- We have used Gan's Nature Wash for five years now, on type and rollers.
It is a heavy solvent, and can leave an oily residue, but we just wipe
the surfaces down with a dry rag thoroughly before inking up again. It's
expensive, but close to non-toxic, only slightly flammable, and scent
free! I swear by it!
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