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Last updated on June 1st, 2020
What is the best flash dryer for screen printing?
Whatever your budget, and whatever stage of screen printing you are at, we have some good machines to share with you.
What is a screen printing flash dryer?
A flash dryer is used to slightly cure or dry ink before the next color is applied. The idea is to flash the shirt for a short time so that the ink is still tacky, after which the next screen can be applied.
Coil Vs Infrared Flash Dryer
There are two main types of flash dryer – those with a heating coil, and those with an infrared heating element.
An Infrared flash dryer is the better machine, as it gives a more consistent and even heat. These machines cost more, but are worth it in the long run. An example is the Fast Flash Dryer.
A coil dryer is a much cheaper machine, but are not as fast or as effective as an infrared model. An example is this Vevor unit. These machines are fine for starting out, but are not great for the more serious screen printer.
This video from Ryonet will demonstrate the differences further.
Here is our selection of cheap entry level flash dryers, to more expensive and professional machines.
This is a 1700 watt coil flash drying machine, perfect for beginners.
It is a good size at 16 x 16 inches, and is designed for curing plastisol inks. It has a 360 degrees swivel head, and the height can be adjusted from 30 to 48 inches. This makes maneuvering it around your screen printing machine easy!
Other features include:
Easy to assemble
Easy to use
Handle on top can be removed
This machine is very good for those starting out, and the full range of features will support you as you learn how to do multi color screen prints.
Finally, Ebay has a large range of flash dryers for sale.
It can be difficult to list the exact models and features, because the listings change more frequently than on other platforms. We recommend you have a good look at everything available however, because there are some very good units for sale.
These are few second hand or used flash dryers available, but there is a greater selection of new machines.
For example, you will find:
The Vastex flash dryer
6000 W+ units
BBC flash units
20 x 24 inch machines
Whatever size and wattage you are looking for, you will likely find it here on Ebay.
Flash For Screen Printing
Those are all the machines we have to share with you today, but please leave any comments or questions down below.