Squeegees

20 06 2009

When I started screenprinting, I used credit cards.  They were cheap and always on hand.  Then I  bought a real screen squeegee.  It is an 8 inch one with a rubber edge and a wooden handle.  I like it, but it is a little unwieldy because of size and doesn’t always fit inside every screen.  I can’t imagine using a larger one.  Then I heard about Bondo scrapers.  So off to Auto Zone I went.  Yep, they had them…and this is what they look like.

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Here are my observations:

1. credit cards are too small to get a good grip with your hands,

2. regular squeegees can be a bit bulky to handle, but are large enough to get a good grip with your hands, and

3.  Bondo scrapers are wonderful…they have  a bit of give, they are a good size for your hand…I love them!

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10 responses

20 06 2009
Beverly

Yup, I love my Bondo scrapers too! They work great with thermofax screens–

20 06 2009
kathy

Hi Bev, I had never heard of Bondo scrapers til Rayna started talking about them…then I just had to try them. I did the experiment for Jane with the thermofax screens. She sent each of us a tool to use also, but it was such hard plastic…I think the Bondos are better. I think it’s that little bit of rubbery give they have in them that I like……

21 06 2009
Rayna

Hi Kathy,

Yes, the glue washes out of the screen pretty easily — sometimes, too easily when you are using hot water to get the paint out of the screen.

BTW – even the bondo scrapers differ, depending on the brand. Some of them are just too flexible for me…others are perfect.

26 06 2009
Michele

I keep hearing about these bondo scrapers, and I have an Auto Zone fairly close, but I can never remember to pick some up! I’m going to put it on my list right now!

26 06 2009
kathy

Hi Michelle, Yup, they are pretty good. I used mine yesterday again…a larger one this time…it worked great…and they are not expensive. Thanks for commenting.

26 06 2009
Al

Hi Kathy,

Happy to read that you found a useful tool to help create one of your masterpieces. Keep those creative juices flowing.

27 06 2009
kathy

Hi Al, glad you stopped by to read about what else I do.

28 06 2009
LIz

Oh I’m so glad you’ve posted these pictures – I’ve heard so much about these and now I can look to see if I can get them in the UK!

2 01 2011
Carol

Thanks for the tip! Can’t wait to get some to try–

23 12 2011
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