23 X 31 Aluminum frames stretched with Murakami S-Mesh (Thin Thread).
- These frames are in stock and ready to ship.
- Orders ship within 24 hours.
- Box quantity is 9. Increments of 9 will yield the lowest shipping cost.
- 2" border may add a day to production.
All aluminum frames stretched at our facility are individually tensioned. Because we tune each screen our tension tends to be very close frame to frame, even across mesh counts. We dial back from the maximum on the lower counts and push to the top on the higher counts. In the end you receive frames that all have nearly the same tension and will hold usable tension for well more than a year.
For all mesh counts in the Murakami S-Mesh line you should expect to receive your frames around 24-26 newtons.
Frame preparation is key to long lasting screens. We heavily texture the surface of all the frames we stretch. The surface is then de-greased, and pre-glued. This (often skipped) step creates a sealed bond between the mesh and aluminum. When the time comes to re-stretch the frame, additional grinding is not necessary, the base coat we applied will be used again. Overall frame life is increased by not grinding them over and over.
Thin thread mesh has been utilized in screen printing for many years. Thinner thread allows for a larger open area (more coverage) while retaining a thinner ink layer (Softer hand). Off contact can typically be lower (Ink releases easier), and the print can be run faster (More shirts!!). Nothing in life is ever this easy though. When the thread size is decreased you are left with less material making up your screen, because of this thin thread screens tend to be more fragile than their standard thread equivalents. Keep in mind these frames can be handled in a production environment, it just takes the right procedures.
Pro tips for thin thread (and screens in general).
- Avoid anything sharp. Metal spatulas, nicks in flood bars/coaters, the corners of other frames.
- Start the pressure washer off the frame and sweep on to it.
- Avoid abrasive scrub pads or abraders.
- Avoid excessive heat (Drying under a flash).