Re: Changing the kreene on a platemaker
- --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "laradurback" <laradurback@...>
>Not having examined the machine in question, I'd point out that there
> We have a Relief Mate polymer platemaker here, and I was about to
> change the kreene on it when I realized I'm not quite sure how. It
> is duct taped down far back in the drawer from years ago, and I'm
> not sure how to get the drawer far enough out to take it out. Also,
> it might be nice to clean off the goo left from the tape.
> What could I safely use?
will be a connection from the vacuum pump to the drawer. On my own
machine I can just lift the vacuum plate out of the drawer, but if you
need to remove the whole drawer, look underneath and first disconnect
the tubing. Then look for a latch in the runners of the drawer, or
possibly a stop that is screwed in. Type wash or roller wash should
remove the adhesive, or try Goo-Gone from the hardware store.
I use photographer's black Permacel tape, which doesn't leave
residue like duct tape.
> We also have a metal rod that rolls down to hold the kreene inThe rod can help smooth the crene as you roll it out, and keep the
> place. Any advice on using it most efficiently?
lead edge from curling up; I use slugs for the same purpose. Some
machines use two rods, with a longer length of crene, scrolling to
better parts as needed.
--Eric Holub, SF
You might not have to remove the vacuum table to clean that mess up.
Depends on your machine. On my A&V I can reach back there. The
solvents Eric suggested will do.
I don't use the tape or the roll bar. Just a sheet of Kreene cut to
fit the vacuum table. Like Eric I uee slugs to hold it all in place.
This works very well. Cut them fairly long to fit the width and length
of the kreene. I use brass slug rule. It doesn't mark the Kreene nor
bend. If you decide to use this technique, a bit of a warning though,
if students use the machine, make sure they are aware of that slug way
in the back. I've been told that a slug falling off the back of the
vacuum table can wreak all kinds of havoc.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "laradurback" <laradurback@...>
>Mills College (a new
> My name is Lara Durback, and I'm the studio manager in Book Art at
> position here as of Fall 2007). We have a Relief Mate polymerplatemaker here, and I was
> about to change the kreene on it when I realized I'm not quite surehow. It is duct taped
> down far back in the drawer from years ago, and I'm not sure how toget the drawer far
> enough out to take it out. Also, it might be nice to clean off thegoo left from the tape.
> What could I safely use?kreene might not be
> I think I remember reading in Gerald Lange's book that taping the
> necessary at all. We also have a metal rod that rolls down to holdthe kreene in place. Any
> advice on using it most efficiently?again...definitely something we need
> Now I'm off to the library to check out Gerald's book
> back in the studio. (Our copy disappeared long before I was here!)Just figured this might
> be something useful to post. I'd searched the archives and not foundanything exactly
> related to my questions.can contribute to
> I also wanted to introduce myself to the list. Hello, all! Hope I
> discussions as well.