What is a silk-screen applicator?

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A silk-screen applicator is the part of a silk-screen printer which spreads the ink over the silk screen. It is hand-held. Some squeegees sold for cleaning windows work well as silk-screen applicators.


Using a silk-screen printer

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Here are some parts of a silk-screen applicator:

  • A handle made of wood or plastic
  • A blade made of firm straight rubber inserted into one side of the handle

A silk-screen applicator should

  • have a very straight edge to make clear copies, and
  • be just a little narrower than the width of the screen, so that it is only necessary to press ink over the screen one time.

Here is a diagram of a silk-screen applicator:


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