When a silkscreen print is applied to a variety of surfaces, the ink can become loose, smeared, and damaged. After the print has been in place for some time, there may be noticeable areas that need to be cleaned. So, if your silk screen has faded, damaged, or is otherwise no longer useful, you can remove the print from your surface.
While most methods of removing a silk screen are fairly simple and easy, there are some precautions that you should consider with proper time and care. So, let’s see how to remove silk screens from any surface with ease.
How Do I Remove A Silk Screen Easily
There are many ways to remove a silk screen print. In some cases, such a print can be removed by hand, while others require chemicals or specialized equipment. Depending on the size of the silk screen print you want to remove, things can get messy fast, and you’ll need to follow some essential safety precautions. Regardless of how you choose to remove the silkscreen, there are some specific methods used for removing the silkscreen from different surfaces. Let’s have a look at these methods!
1. From Plastic Surface
There are a couple of ways to remove a silk screen from plastic, but the best way is to use heat.
You can either use a blow dryer or an iron. The best method is to use an iron because it will be more effective at removing the ink. Make sure that your plastic is heated up at the right temperature and time. This can be done by checking the instructions on the label of your plastic before trying this method.
If you don’t have an iron and only have access to a blow dryer, then follow the below process:
1) Turn on your blow dryer, hold your plastic over it, and wait until the silk screen becomes completely transparent after one minute. This can take longer if you don’t have enough air. If it doesn’t turn transparent within one minute, turn up your blow dryer until it does become transparent.
2) Wait for your plastic to cool down before trying this step again. Because, when you put it back into the water after cooling, it will become sticky again if not cooled properly the first time around. Repeat this process until the silk screen print vanishes.
Method 1: Using Rubbing Alcohol
To remove the silk screen from plastic using rubbing alcohol, you must first do a test on the surface of your object. If it works, then you can remove it. If not, then it is better to leave it as it is.
Put some rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and rub the surface of your plastic object with this cloth. If your object is smooth, then you can use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. The liquid will evaporate quickly, and you can use this time to paint your object with a clear coat.
Method 2: Using Acetone
You can also remove a silk screen from the plastic using a solvent such as acetone. The solvent should be applied to the paper and allowed to soak in for at least one hour before removing the paper from the plastic.
Once the paper has been removed from the plastic, you can use an iron to burn away any remaining ink. The heat will cause the ink to reform and become darker as it heats up again.
2. From Fabric Surface
Silk screen printing is by far the most popular method of printing on fabric. And, there are two ways to remove a silk-screened image from fabric:
Method 1: Removing excess paint with water
The first thing to do is to gently scrub the screen with a brush and warm water. Make sure that you use warm water, as hot or cold water can damage the screen and make it more difficult to remove.
Then, take a piece of cloth and rub it against the screen in a circular motion. This will remove any excess glue or residue left on your fabric.
Method 2: Removing excess paint with solvent
Removing the silkscreen using solvent from fabric is a little more difficult than removing it with water, but it can be done with the simple steps like the below:
- After removing excess paint with water as much as possible, remove any residue left by the silkscreen ink with a solvent or solvent of your choice. A commercial solvent such as acetone works best because it’s safe to use on most fabrics.
- If the print is made using an oil-based ink, wipe it off with a soft cloth or paper towel soaked in mineral spirits or lacquer thinner (paint thinner).
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
How Do I Remove A Silk Print Screen From My Screen?
The most common way to remove a silk print screen is with acetone (nail polish remover). You can also use a cotton swab, Q-tips, or paper towels. Here are the steps: Wet your fingers with acetone and gently rub it onto the silk print screen until it’s completely gone. This may take several minutes. Lastly, scrub off any remaining acetone with a cotton swab or paper towel, then rinse your hand in cold water and pat dry.
Is It Possible To Remove Silk Printed Logo From Clothes?
To clarify, the silk-printed logo can be removed from clothes. But, it is not possible to remove the ink from the clothes altogether. So, you cannot remove a permanent ink-made logo from clothes. Instead of removing the ink, you can just wash the clothes with detergents that are effective for removing silk-printed logos from clothes.
Can I Remove Silk Screen Print From Glass?
Yes, you can. If you want to remove the silk screen print from the glass immediately, you can use a chemical remover or an abrasive pad. However, these methods can damage your glass and will also leave scratches on it. The best way to remove the silk screen print from glass is by using a solvent-based cleaner. This method doesn’t damage the glass but will take longer to remove the print.
This article should help you understand the basics behind silk screen printing and give you a little insight into the process of removing it. We hope that by following these instructions, you will be able to remove the silk screen from your T-shirt or clothing as well as plastic and glass materials with a minimum of fuss.