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Squeegee durometer?
« on: May 04, 2023, 01:18:46 PM »
Not asking about brands but what is your go to durometer for your general printing squeegee, so far I've been happy with 70/90/70 and 80 duro, I think when we first got our auto it came with 70 duro rubber.  I know the type of mesh you use can play a big part as S-mesh/thin thread mesh takes way less pressure and ink type as well.
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Re: Squeegee durometer?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2023, 11:04:58 PM »
65/90/65 and 70/90/70

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Re: Squeegee durometer?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2023, 12:17:37 PM »
65/90/65 for everything. Just started using the double blade squeegee for white ink which has been great but otherwise everything else seems to print great with the 65 triple duros with little to no angle.

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Re: Squeegee durometer?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2023, 06:56:39 AM »
What press are you running? We have found that M&R, ROQ and MHM all print differently, for a few reasons, and required different duros to get similar results on all 3 presses.

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Re: Squeegee durometer?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2023, 02:51:26 PM »
We use 65/90/65 usually for the underbase and 75/90/75 for top colors for almost all jobs here.  I think using 65/90/65 duro would lay down a little too much ink for us.  We have a sportsman.
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Re: Squeegee durometer?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2023, 11:05:55 AM »
We've never use 65/90/65, always looking to improve as changes in garments/inks change so much
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Re: Squeegee durometer?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2023, 07:55:03 AM »
What press are you running? We have found that M&R, ROQ and MHM all print differently, for a few reasons, and required different duros to get similar results on all 3 presses.

That makes sense. My first auto was the old Freedom with the V-Squeegee and that press printed best with 70/90/70. Then I went to a Diamondback S which seemed to work well with almost any duro. I was using the standard M&R blades for a while which I believe are 75 duro, but then I was accidentally shipping a roll of 65/90/65 and found those to be great once I realized you need less pressure and less angle to sheer the ink. I'm now on an Anatol Volt and I'm still sticking with the 65/90/65 and 62/90/62 from Action. 0-10 degree angle for the most part. Too much angle on the softer duro's definitely seem to lay down too much ink and it doesn't clear well, but with minimal angle they've been awesome in my opinion. I tried throwing in a 70/90/70 but since I have everything dialed in for the 65's it was too much of a pain to readjust for a different blade. As for mesh, I'm using mainly 157/48 Hi-Dro for white and 198/40 Hi-Dro for colors and it's been a great combination.

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Re: Squeegee durometer?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2023, 06:52:57 PM »
Very much depends on platen surface. Rubber or hard aluminium.