Maintenance of your Printing Press
The printing press is very easy to use and is extremely versatile, letting you print etching, dry-point, lino and wood blocks as well as collographs and any surface which you etch into or build up.
The top roller is lacquered with clear varnish, if this gets ink on it or finger prints, this will not affect your printing quality however visually if you want to keep your press looking bran new you can re lacquer the top roller. You can buy this clear lacquer from any Halfords store.
The printing press pressure is set by adjusting the metal pressure adjusters. Every 6 months or so depending on how much you use your machine just a spray of WD40 in the sides frames will keep your machine working perfectly.
The press bed is a floating bed, this is so that anything can be printed on your machine, it is controlled by you. So if something is going wrong in the printing process it will not be the press – it will be how you have set up the press to print – see how to set the press up in the instructions.
The printing matt that we provide with the press is a substitute for the etching blankets, they do the same job as the traditional 3 blankets but do not last as long.
Damaging the press, You can damage the printing press is if you wind one pressure adjuster down without the other one. If you drop a press from a great height, or if you try to put things like metal screws or sharp objects through the rollers..
Our presses are made with loving care so they should be treated accordingly.
If you look after your printing press, it will print beautifully for you for years and years.