Thanks, John, that's extremely helpful.
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
> 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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