Date:Wed, 6 Sep 2000 07:45:39 -0500
Three suggestions which may or may not provide an answer to the ink skinning problem: 1. Use of "rubber base" inks (if appropriate given nature of printing substrates) rarely require any anti-skinning doctoring as they will remain fluid longer than traditional oil-based inks. 2. Treated paper circles are available from most printing ink suppliers which, when pressed tightly on surface of ink seal the surface from oxidation and keep the ink from skinning. There is a loss of some of the ink when the paper is removed, but may be preferable to the complaints of neighbors. 3. If the ink does not sit long between uses, a thin layer of water can be added to the can to provide an air-tight seal after use. If stored for any great length of time, however, the water will cause steel cans to rust.