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Silk Screen Dip Tank Stainless Steel


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Silk Screen Dip Tank

The  Silk screen dip tank is manufactured by Sunlight stencils from stainless steel .
It supplies complete with a spill tray, lid  and drain tap.
The internal area large enough to take 8 35″ x 25″ frames.
The integrated hold-down bar slides in any position.
Minimal space required to install, vital for any silk screen printing studio.
Increase production with less chemical usage, very cost-effective to any silk screen printer novice or professional.
overall dimensions are. 45″ x 26.5″ x 21.

How to use: screen printing dip tank

Stand tank on top of dip tray
Fill the tank with water 200mm from the top of the hold-down bar ledge.
Add  12lt of reclaiming liquid and mix thoroughly.
Place up to 8 large screens in the tank and pull the hold-down bar across the top.
Allow screens to soak for 5 minutes. then remove them.
rinse off both sides do not allow the reclaiming liquid to dry on the screens.
spray wash with a pressure washer.

Silk screen printing reclaiming Dip Tank method of choice

Dip Tanks, are becoming he screen reclaiming method of choice in the uk, and attracting more interest in Europe. But why?

You just soak your screens in the dip tank with chemicals of your choice ; right?

With the increasing interest in this screen reclaim technique, we  ask more and more about this process.

Dip Tanks allow an all-in-one cleaner , stencil remover or just screen wash  to soften the stencil,remove ink or both  at the same time,

freeing you up to rinse and clean another screen whilst it is in the Dip tank.

Before consider purchasing your first dip tank,  think about the Environment, the world is full of plastic .


The world is drowning in plastic.

Stainless steel are recyclable and do not rust unlike galvanised Dip tank.

Common misunderstandings of this stencil reclaim process:

For busy workshops they save time and money.

This can be true while the chemicals are fresh and new,

however, over time as the chemistry strength weakens , you may need to start physically brushing the screens to get them clean.

You may also use a larger volume of chemicals in a working condition.

In reality you are unlikely to save time and money unless you are cleaning between 20 and 30 screens per day.

You will also need to consider the costs involved in disposing of the dip tank chemicals and solids once the working solution is no longer functional.

Dip times

Dip times should be for 1 to 3 minutes, or until the stencil just starts to break away from the mesh.

The screens removed and washed down .Topping up the dip tank  with solution will  increase its strength.

Because if the screens are left in the tank for too long and all the ink or stencil becomes dissolved in the solution.

The build-up of ink and Chemical solids reduces the functionality of the active components in the chemistry.

“Are the chemicals in the Tank drain safe!”

You must not  assume that a product labelled ‘Drain Safe’ . can actually be poured down the drain.

Drain safe  means  the product does not knowingly contain any chemicals that are banned from entering the waste water system!

This is not the same as compliance.

With all Dip Tank chemistry, It is your responsibility to find this out and to operate accordingly

Seek approval from your water authority for a consent to discharge to the drains.

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