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Our green 80 durometer squeegee blade is hard and leaves a minimal ink deposit. Its best for designs going through higher mesh counts with lots of complex details or fine halftones where a thin ink deposit is needed for design clarity.

 

Squeegee blades are custom formulated to achieve high solvent resistance and excellent abrasion resistance. This combination results in a squeegee blade that will better maintain its durometer when subjected to aggressive inks and solvents, showing minimal swelling during the print run, while retaining its sharp edge longer. This allows for continued quality during the screen print run, thereby increasing productivity.

 

Screen printers face many obstacles during production including difficult inks and irregular substrates at the press. Screen printing inks come with a wide variety of characteristics including some with extreme properties such as solvent additives and high and low viscosity. These variables require a wide variety of squeegee material to ensure printability and consistent results. In fact, there are a number of screen printers who are settling for sub-standard results because they simply haven’t been introduced to the squeegee types that are specifically designed for the inks or substrates they are using.

 

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What is durometer? Durometer measures the hardness of the squeegee blade. Some squeegees are harder where as some feel softer. Specific print jobs require harder or softer blades. The durometer or hardness level directly indicates how thick or thin an ink deposit can be. Softer squeegees will leave a thicker ink deposit, while harder squeegees will leave a thinner deposit of ink. 

 

  • 80 durometer is hard and leaves a minimal ink deposit. Its best for designs going through higher mesh counts with lots of complex details or fine halftones where a thin ink deposit is needed for design clarity.
     
  • 70 durometer is by far the most popular and versatile in the garment industry. It’s a great, general purpose blade for everything from spot colors to halftones. Majority of printers use the 70 durometer as their first squeegee blade.
     
  • 60 durometer is one of the softest blades available. It allows for a thicker ink deposit through lower mesh counts. The durometer is ideal for special effects like puff, glitters, shimmers, and high density applications.
     
  • 60/90/60 triple durometer gives you the benefits of the 60 durometer blade edge, allowing for a good deposit of ink. With the 90 durometer spine, it allows for greater pressure to be applied during printing with minimal squeegee blade deflection. This squeegee blade allows for more ink to be laid down compared to an 80 duro blade.
     
  • 70/90/70 triple durometer gives you the benefits of the 70 durometer blade edge, allowing for a good deposit of ink. With the 90 durometer spine, it allows for greater pressure to be applied during printing with minimal squeegee blade deflection. This squeegee blade allows for more ink to be laid down compared to an 80 duro blade.

Achieving the best screen printing performance from a blade is dependent on the selection of the correct squeegee for the job and proper squeegee maintenance. Squeegee blades need to remain sharp for optimal print quality. When printing, try to keep track of how often the squeegee is used. Over time you will see that a sharp squeegee edge will start to round off due to the abrasion of printing. A rounded squeegee edge will not cut the ink. It will start to hydroplane or glide over the ink, leaving an uneven ink deposit.

 

The squeegee should always be wiped clean and dried once you're done printing. Ideally, the blade should be allowed to recover from the ink and chemicals for 24 hours before going back into production. Having a few squeegees for your most used durometers in your shop is helpful so you can rotate through them.