Aqua Flood Bars for M&R Automatic Screen Printing Presses Introducing The Aqua Flood – a special winged flood bar used for screen printing water based inks. Printing with water based inks is a bit different than printing with plastisol. Among the differences is the thickness of ink when flooding the stencil. With water based inks it is best to have a thick flood deposit. Therefore – a thick layer of thick ink is accomplished using a wing flood bar with a gap of 5mm. This means – the wings are kissing the mesh and the distance between the screen and flood edge is 5mm. The aqua floods are 16″ in length and are sold in two different size distances. 5mm Aqua Flood gives you a 5mm ink deposit – for use with thick ink such as a base white 3mm Aqua Flood gives you a 3mm ink deposit – for use with standard colour ink Why do you need the special flood bars – why not just raise the flood bars that you have? You can. However – if you’re using standard winged flood bars – this will defeat the purpose of the wings. Also, you have to spend time making the adjustment and will then have to adjust it back when you change inks. The new Aqua Floods – keep the wings kissing the mesh and allow for the gap between the flood edge and the mesh to be changed as needed. So – you keep the ink out of the sides of the frame – you control the flood deposit – and you don’t have to make adjust your flood bar height.
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