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Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Blatchford patent base

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  • Lisa Davidson
    Thanks, John, that s extremely helpful. Lisa ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 10 , Jul 7, 2008
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      Thanks, John, that's extremely helpful.
      Lisa

      On Jul 7, 2008, at 8:29 AM, John G. Henry wrote:

      > I use both Sterling and Blatchford bases on my presses. I have chases
      > set up with the Sterling for my cylinder press and the Blatchford for
      > my platen press. I find no fault with either system.
      >
      > Take care in cleaning the bases (if you purchase used) and do not use
      > any caustic cleaners (lye, paint stripper, etc.) as the magnesium base
      > will be eaten away. That comment not from experience, but from knowing
      > the physical makeup of aluminum and magnesium.
      >
      > I use a very stiff plastic as a base for mounting my polymer plates,
      > and have good success with no show-through of the latch holes in the
      > base. I have used steel as a mounting plate material in the past as
      > well, but have switched to the plastic as it is easier to cut and
      > bevel
      > and works well for me. Experiment with materials you find available at
      > your local home center. Polycarbonate window glazing is certainly a
      > good material, and is available in the proper caliper to mount the
      > plates I use.
      >
      > If you do choose to use a plastic inter-base to mount the photopolymer
      > plates, make certain you do not tighten the hooks so tight that they
      > cause the plate to warp when locked up.
      >
      > Of course, the bases are wonderful for mounting 11pt. engravings and
      > embossing dies.
      >
      >
      >



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