Squeegee Blade 70 Durometer - 6' Roll
Ryonet is proud to sell the best squeegee blade in the industry! Our compounds 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, show minimal swelling during the print run. This blade retains its sharp edge longer allowing for continued quality during the screen print run, which increases productivity.
UV, epoxy, enamel, vinyl and other solvent based ink systems are extremely aggressive to squeegee blades. Inferior quality squeegees tend to decrease in durometer, swell and become dull at an accelerated rate due to their inability to resist the harsh solvents and abrasion against the stencil. Ryonet squeegees are recommended because of their chemical resistance and exceptional abrasion resistance, when exposed to aggressive ink systems.
Plei-Tech 22 exhibits very good solvent resistance and excellent abrasion resistance.
All Ryonet squeegees are made from the high quality polyurethane blade manufactured in the USA by Pleiger. Ryonet carries 4 different types of squeegee durometer. 60 durometer (orange), 70 durometer (yellow), 80 durometer blue, and 70/90/70 triple durometer.
Squeegee durometer is the squeegee "hardness". This determines the amount of pressure required to push ink through mesh. In general, soft squeegees leave a thicker ink deposit, while hard squeegees deposit a thinner amount.
What durometer should you use?
- 60 durometer is the softest and leaves a minimal ink deposit, its great for very thin ink and water based inks.
- 70 durometer is the most popular and versatile in the garment industry; its a great general purpose blade for just about everything.
- 80 durometer provides a stronger force and larger deposit for thick opaque inks.
- 70/90/70 triple durometer gives you a soft edge with a hard center for optimal control.
Achieving the best screen printing performance and productivity is greatly dependent on the selection of the correct squeegee for the application and proper squeegee maintenance. When printing, monitor production time and rotate squeegees frequently (the necessary rotation frequency is dependent on the ink / solvent system involved in the application). By doing so, you will achieve a more uniform print quality and increase the life of your squeegees. A squeegee should always be wiped clean and dry following removal from the press and stored in a dry environment at room temperature. The blade should be allowed to recover from the ink and solvent attack and rest for a period of 24 hours. It can then be placed back into production or, if necessary, re-sharpened and placed back into production.
Polyurethane squeegees should always be stored flat in a dry (50% relative humidity) environment at room temperature (approximately 60-70 degrees F). Storage at temperatures below 60 degrees F may show an increase in durometer. This increase has no influence on the physical properties or the performance of the polyurethane. Under these storage conditions, the shelf life of the squeegee is approximately one year.