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Old 05-05-2019, 04:26 PM
Madprintmaker1953 Madprintmaker1953 is offline
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Pronto plate fanatic

Hello this is Madprintmaker
I am new to WC and would love to network with anybody doing pronto or polyester lithography. I have about 1 1/2 years exposure to the process but still working out problems. One, etching ink that gets sticky and causes the plate to close down, whereby I have to use my fingers to rub away ink. Solutions? Thx.
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:31 PM
lovestofish lovestofish is offline
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Re: Pronto plate fanatic

Sounds like your ink is too loose vs. tacky. You might want to add mag to it especially if it is breaking up on you and making little floaties that close your plate. We used to add gum to the water - quite a bit so that the non-image area resists the ink as it absorbs the water during the sponging process. We also used to add toothpaste to the water to act as a scrubbing element to keep the plate clean - no lie. It is akin to some lithographers dumping mag and gum arabic in their sponge water to make a very basic fountain solution. Yes, the plates smelled nice and minty. The toothpaste has to be paste and not gel - the little grits acts as an abrasive. You can clean your plate while you are inking it up. Sounds squirrelly but it works. I learned this method at Tamarind. Somewhere between playing with the gum water mixture and adding toothpaste and having a dedicated cleaning sponge you may find some success. We made color separation editions with punch hole registration - the images were color separated and the toner was fused onto each plate that had a primary color. I have no idea of who came up with this approach but like in printmaking - you will get another answer from somebody else. I taught pronto plate printmaking as a graduate assistant. The kids got a kick out of putting toothpaste in the sponge water.
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Old 11-07-2019, 02:30 PM
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Re: Pronto plate fanatic

Late reply, but I love that response, lovestofish. I too have done some Pronto Plate printing and quite like it. I did find it quite the challenge to keep the "white" areas clean. I added powdered gum arabic to my water AND lemon juice! Next I will be trying the toothpaste as well as increasing the GA. The only thing I would add to assist original question asked would be to try another ink. Personally, I used Gamblin's Portland Intense Black Relief Ink, but, then again, maybe that was also contributing to not being able to keep the plate clean, as you suggested.
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