Screen printing is an art form that requires precision and consistency. One crucial aspect of achieving impeccable results is the proper coating of screens. Traditionally, screen printers have relied on emulsion for this purpose. However, the industry has witnessed a transformation with the introduction of capillary films, offering a range of benefits that have taken screen printing to new heights.
Chromaline offers four different capillary films: Quick Film (for textile printing), ProCap Capillary Film (for long print runs), MagnaCure Capillary Film (for premium quality), and Razor Capillary Film (for high capacity). In this blog post, we will explore the advantages of using capillary films over liquid emulsion.
For tips on how to apply capillary film, check out our YouTube videos, How To Apply Capillary Film Part 1: Roll Down Method and How To Apply Capillary Film Part 2: Spray Gun Mehod.
Top 10 Benefits of Using Capillary Film for Screen Printing
In the world of screen printing, where precision, speed, and environmental responsibility are paramount, capillary films have emerged as a revolutionary alternative to traditional emulsion. Chromaline's line of capillary films stands out as a trusted and innovative choice for screen printers seeking exceptional results. By switching to capillary films, you can enjoy improved precision, time savings, environmental benefits, and a host of other advantages that will elevate your screen printing projects to new heights. Here are the top ten benefits of capillary film (in no particular order).
1. Precision and Consistency
One of the primary benefits of using capillary films is the unparalleled precision and consistency they offer. Emulsion coating can be a time-consuming and messy process, often leading to uneven coatings and variations in thickness. In contrast, capillary films provide a reliable and consistent coating every time. With the film adhering uniformly to the screen, you can expect sharp and consistent print results, job after job.
2. Time and Labor Savings
Time is of the essence in screen printing. Traditional emulsion coating can be labor-intensive and requires drying time between coats. Capillary films eliminate the need for multiple coats and drying time, significantly reducing production time. This time-saving aspect is a game-changer for screen printers facing tight deadlines or high-volume orders.
3. Reduced Environmental Impact
In today's world, environmental sustainability is a top priority for businesses. Emulsion coating involves the use of chemicals, which can be harmful to both the environment and the screen printer's health. Capillary films, on the other hand, are water-based and environmentally friendly. They offer a safer and greener alternative that aligns with eco-conscious printing practices.
4. Improved Image Resolution
Screen printers understand the importance of achieving high image resolution. Capillary films excel in this regard, allowing for intricate and detailed designs. The fine texture of the film surface results in superior ink control, enabling you to produce sharp and vibrant prints, even on challenging substrates.
Chromaline's line of capillary films offers versatility for various screen printing applications. Whether you're printing textiles, graphics, or industrial applications, you'll find capillary films suitable for your needs. Their range includes films designed for water-based, plastisol, and solvent-based inks, ensuring that you have the right tool for the job.
6. Longevity and Durability
Capillary films are known for their durability. They can withstand the rigors of screen printing, including repeated exposure to chemicals and inks. This longevity translates to cost savings for screen printers, as they can use the same screen for a more extended period before needing a replacement.
7. Ease of Use
Working with capillary films is straightforward and user-friendly. Even those new to screen printing can quickly grasp the process, reducing the learning curve associated with emulsion coating. The simplicity of capillary films streamlines the entire screen printing workflow.
8. Custom Sheet Sizes
We can convert our capillary films to the size that works best for your shop. Reduce waste and handling in your shop by ordering capillary film in a custom sheet size.
9. Doesn't Freeze - Can Ship Anytime
Chromaline cannot ship our water-based freezable products (such as our liquid screen printing emulsions) if you are in a location where temperatures are below freezing. The great thing about our capillary films is that they can ship any time of the year and they are not affected by below-freezing temperatures.
10. Requires Less Space
Capillary films offer a significant advantage in terms of space efficiency. Storing gallons of liquid emulsion can be space-consuming and may require special storage conditions. In contrast, capillary films come in compact rolls or sheets, taking up minimal space in your workspace or storage area. This space-saving feature allows screen printers to maximize their available workspace and organize their materials more efficiently, contributing to a streamlined and organized production environment.
Contact Chromaline Today
Chromaline's line of capillary films stands out as a trusted and innovative choice for screen printers seeking exceptional results. By switching to capillary films, you can enjoy improved precision, time savings, environmental benefits, and a host of other advantages, including space-efficiency, that will elevate your screen room to new heights. If you have any further questions about capillary film or any of our Chromaline screen printing products, please contact us today.