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About the Zest-it® Printmakers Cleaner

Zest-it® Printmakers Cleaner is a non-flammable, non-toxic fluid for cleaning-up
oil based inks from plate, surfaces, rollers and scrim.


Printmakers Cleaner

Printmakers Cleaner



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Video of cleaning in a
 Printmakers studio



cleaning a lino cut on DrawCutInkPress 

Zest-it being used to clean a lino-cut demonstrated by DrawCutInkPress



For more indepth information see DrawCutInkPress website - opens in a new window.


Printmakers Cleaner is an easy to use fluid for cleaning printing plates and surfaces of oil based inks. It will also remove 'stopping-out varnish' and most traditional grounds.
Apply to surface, wait a few moments and wipe with kitchen towel or a cloth.

The flammable nature of Mineral spirits and Turpentine are a dangerous combination when hot plates are used in the workshop area. Printmakers have asked for a non-flammable solution to the two previously mentioned products and the Printmakers Cleaner fulfils that request.

We thoroughly tested the Printmakers Cleaner in working conditions, under print workshop conditions and asked independent printmakers to test the product. All were so please to have a non-toxic, non-flammable alternative to their present product.

It will clean plates of oil based ink, including dried ink. It can be used to thin ink that is too thick and tacky.

Use to clean Nitrile rollers and some soft rollers, brush the fluid onto the roller, catching the excess for reuse, wipe the fluid from the roller with a cloth.
Note of caution - letting the roller 'sit' in the fluid can cause distortion.

Scrim can be washed in the fluid and dried outside, the fluid can be reused many times, decant into a container and label for future use.

If you need to remove stopping out varnish or hard/soft ground, wet a cloth, wipe over the surface, allow a little time and wipe with kitchen towel to remove.
If there is stubborn residue, allow the Printmakers Cleaner to 'sit' on the offending area for a few minutes and try again. It is not an aggressive cleaner so patience is rewarded!

If hands are sensitive use Nitrile gloves and wash hands after use even if gloves are used.
Do not throw any product down the sink, nor eat or drink when using the product and do not allow water bottles in the area!

Sizes available - 125 ml; 250ml; 500 ml and 1 Litre.

It goes without saying - Always wash hands with soap and water after using any type of art product.

For our International  customers, you can now purchase direct in the Zest-it Shop at www.zest-it.shop

Copyright© Jacqui Blackman 2019


Quote from DrawCutInkPress website -
Zest-it cuts through the ink like a hot knife through butter and leaves no residue on the lino block. You can order Zest-it online from various suppliers.
Thank you DrawCutInkPress

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Product Safety Information for
 Zest-it Printmakers Cleaner PDF

*Excellent "Introduction to Lino-Cut for beginners"  from Handprinted - lots of images and a short video - well worth a visit.
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