Screen Printing Films and Emulsions Chart

We want to help! Below is a chart listing screen printing films and emulsions with their usage procedures to answer many of the questions you may have. Keep in mind, these are merely suggestions.

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Hand-Cut Films

There are two types of hand-cut film. If you want to print with waterbased inks, use lacquer-based film which requires a strong, flammable solvent to make it adhere to the screen. Use caution and good ventilation. Once the screen is ready, you can print with any waterbased or solvent-based inks — except lacquer, vinyl or plastisol. If you want to print with lacquer, vinyl, plastisol or solvent-based ink, use watersoluble film. It adheres to the screen with cool water and washes out with warm water when the job is done.

Stencil Uses Blockout Remover Compatible Inks Adheres With Develops With
Ulano S3S Sta-Sharp Multi-Purpose Screen Tape Lacquer Thinner Any ink but lacuer, vinyl, or plastisol Ulano Adhering Liquid -----------
Ulanocut Green Multi-Purpose Ulano Screen Filler #60, Screen Tape Hot or Cold Water Any ink but waterbased Water -----------
Mask Ease Multi-Purpose Its own non-cut surface or Screen Tape Peel Off Waterbased only Is pressure sensitive -----------
Scratch-A-Print Multi-Purpose ----------- ----------- Waterbased only ----------- Scratching tool (Pen or Pencil)

Photo-Sensitive Direct Films

Stencil Uses Blockout Remover Compatible Inks Adheres With Develops With
Ulano CDF/Matrix Multi-Purpose Screen Tape Water Most solvent-based, waterbased, plastisol, and UV Water Water

Photo-Sensitive Indirect Films

Stencil Uses Blockout Remover Compatible Inks Adheres With Develops With
Ulano Blue Poly-2 Multi-Purpose Ulano Screen Filler #60, Screen Tape Ulano Enzyme #1 Solvent-based inks Water Ulano Pre-Sensitized Film Developer
Ulano Pulsar Multi-Purpose Ulano Screen Filler #60, Screen Tape Ulano Stencil Remover #4 Solvent-based inks Water Water

Diazo Direct Emulsions

Stencil Uses Blockout Remover Compatible Inks Adheres With Develops With
Ulano Fotocoat FX 88-SR Weaker light source Ulano Screen Filler #60, Screen Tape Ulano Stencil Remover #4 Oil and solvent based Spread emulsion or use emulsion coater Water

Ulano Fotocoat TZ
Multi-Purpose Coat close to edge & use Screen Tape Ulano Stencil Remover #4 Waterbased & plastisols Spread emulsion or use emulsion coater Water

Speedball Diazo Emulsion
Multi-Purpose Coat close to edge & use Screen Tape Ulano Stencil Remover #4 Most Inks Spread emulsion or use emulsion coater Water

Ulano QTX
Multi-Purpose Coat close to edge & use Screen Tape Ulano Stencil Remover #4 Waterbased & plastisols Spread emulsion or use emulsion coater Water