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About Zest-it® Printmakers Cleaners and printing fluids.

Zest-it® Printmakers Cleaner and Printmakers Washdown for cleaning-up.
The Plate Oils for adjusting the tack of oil based inks.

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The Zest-it Printmakers Cleaners and printing fluids are non-toxic, non-flammable, kinder to environment and Printmakers!
By using these fluids you can make a small start to having a cleaner, healthier, less toxic workshop, for both yourself and your customers.
Some of the products used in both traditional and acrylic ground are changing and we are looking at replacement products.

Printmakers Cleaner

Printmakers Cleaner

Printmakers Cleaner
is an easy to use fluid for cleaning plates and surfaces where oil based inks are used, it's effective and efficient, so a little goes a long way.

Printmakers Cleaner 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.

Being non-toxic it is far healthier to use in the Printmakers studio than the traditionally used 'turps' and white spirit, both of which are flammable, whereas the Printmakers Cleaner is non-flammable.

Can also be used to clean rollers and other equipment. Printmakers Cleaner

Printmakers Washdown

Printmakers Washdown

Printmakers Washdown
is another easy to use fluid, this time for cleaning printing plates and removing dried Acrylic based inks.
Printmakers Washdown can also be used for removing acrylic based stop-outs and grounds that are sometimes difficult to remove.

Washes away with water so the plate can be given a washdown! Environmentally friendly and can be diluted if necessary..

 Apply to surface, wait a few moments and wipe with kitchen towel or a cloth.

Printmakers Washdown

Printmakers Plate Oils

Printmakers Plate Oils

Printmakers Plate Oils
The Plate Oils were requested products and developed to adjust the tack and viscosity of oil based printing inks. Our Plates Oils contain Tung Oil, this helps with the drying speed of the oils without the use of metallic driers. It gives a slickness to the oil/ink mixture and being somewhat water resistant give a nice finish to the ink.
Plate Oil No. 1 is the Thinnest of the oils, this will reduce the tack and viscosity of oil based inks.
Plate Oil No. 2 is Thin, again used to reduce the tack and viscosity of oil based inks.
Plate Oil No. 3 is Thick may increase the viscosity of the ink.
Plate Oil No. 4 is the Thickest of the oils and may increase the viscosity of ink.

Although Tung Oil is not a nut oil, it is actually a seed oil, some people have an aversion to it, therefore Plate Oil No. 5 is Linseed Oil only. It is very thick and will need thinning before use. Use Printmakers Cleaner to thin the oil to the desired consistency.


This  article on Tung Oil that may be of interest. https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/get-more/tung-oil-debunking-myths



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

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

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