Cleaning and Plate Removal

Posted on by on April 4th, 2012 | Comments Off on Cleaning and Plate Removal

Many mounters use Ethyl Acetate or EA to clean their plates and anilox rollers. This however can be the cause of a number of problems including delamination and plate degradation. EA is a primer and therefore extremely aggressive. Although it appears to clean the plate and anilox roller, it increases adhesion levels beyond what is necessary, therefore making plates more difficult to remove and can often result in plate tearing. Should you need to increase adhesion levels we suggest using the 3M 94 Primer or alternatively, for edge lifting, the 3M Y1210 is availbale.

EA also breaks down the adhesive on the cushion mount which is a contributing factor to bubbling, delamination and edge lifting.

A superior product to use would be Isopropyl Alchohol, also known as Isoproponol or simply IPA. Benzine and Methylated Spirits are also better options than EA.

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