Cleaning screen prints

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Postby jvwoodford on Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:45 am

I noticed a small smudge - appears to be a clear liquid like oil from someones finger tips and only visible in the right light.

Does anyone have any tips on removing this? The print is otherwise mint so its a shame to just leave this blemish, unless of course cleaning it risks damaging the print.

Thanks in advance.
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Postby cotis on Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:53 am

light detergent & delicate cycle.
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Postby jjttdw on Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:38 am

Spent 100£ and send it to a conservator. If it isn't worth 100£ then stop obsessing OR


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Postby Codeblue on Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:54 pm

^Teh peen works better
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Postby chalkdust on Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:28 pm

microfiber cloth
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Postby jvwoodford on Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:51 pm

Thanks for the help, think I'll try using a microfibre cloth and see if that works. Definitely not worth paying a lot of money for, just a small blemish that's really bugging me.
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Postby chalkdust on Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:20 pm

and look at that, I won. :P

go at it lightly, small circular sweeping motion. Be very careful if it's on a black area, but usually this works for small fingerprints or mild chub rub.

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Postby jvwoodford on Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:53 pm

No luck with the microfibre cloth.

The way the mark reflects light in a different way to the rest of the print made me think it was an oily smudge but upon closer inspection it now looks as though it's actually a scuff that has removed a thin layer of ink, revealing the less glossy under-layer.

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So I'm guessing this is beyond me at this point as I'll probably end up causing more damage if I try to fix it. Seems like I may get a specialist to look at it after all. And naturally, I complained to the seller and ended up getting a full refund so it's not all bad :pint:
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Postby letstalkprints on Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:06 pm

so whats the print
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Postby ricv64 on Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:34 am

Looks like a printing error something caught in the screen .
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Postby jvwoodford on Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:03 am

It's The Shining by Laurent Durieux.

If it was in the corner or lower down i wouldn't be so bothered but it is right in the central portion.
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Postby kansasbbq on Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:57 am

There were multiple printing issues/errors with stuff from his previous show. Shame on Mondo and LD for not doing a better job with quality control.
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Postby jjttdw on Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:34 am

jvwoodford wrote:No luck with the microfibre cloth.

The way the mark reflects light in a different way to the rest of the print made me think it was an oily smudge but upon closer inspection it now looks as though it's actually a scuff that has removed a thin layer of ink, revealing the less glossy under-layer.

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So I'm guessing this is beyond me at this point as I'll probably end up causing more damage if I try to fix it. Seems like I may get a specialist to look at it after all. And naturally, I complained to the seller and ended up getting a full refund so it's not all bad :pint:



Looks like eczema.
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Postby peacedog on Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:51 am

On some prints you can use a dry cleaning pad. Several companies make them, they look like a sock filled with eraser dust, pretty much what they are, made for drafting tables. I suggest a white one so you can see if you're pulling color off. They have to be used very, very, very lightly, preferable testing in a discreet area first. You should have some canned air to blow the dust off lightly. They can be useful in getting scuffs out of dark colors, but you better know what you're doing or be prepared to do more harm than good.

There is a photo emulsion cleaner called PEC-20 that can sometimes be useful as well. It will pull up fingerprints (though that doesn't seem to be your problem) from photos beautifully and works well on some high gloss prints. Again, you better know what you're doing as you run the risk of doing more harm than good. Either of these suggestions could pull ink right off the wrong print.
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