How to Remove Silk Screen From Nylon

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Silk screen printing is a process where paint is applied using a special stencil. The stencil will transfer one color of paint onto an object at a time. Additional stencils are used to apply multiple colors to one design. Silk was the original fabric used for this process, which is why it is commonly known as silk screening. This process is most commonly found on synthetic fabric and wallpaper. The process is a tedious task that leaves a cleaner finish that even some mechanical printers can do. The process to remove silk screen print from nylon depends on the type of nylon used.

Things You'll Need

  • WD-40
  • Towel
  • Washer
  • Paper bag
  • Iron
  • Acetone

Hardened Nylon

Spray WD-40 over the entire silk screen print. Allow the WD-40 to pool over the silk screen print.

Wipe the WD-40 away vigorously with a dry towel. Scrub excess print with the WD-40 soaked towel.

Repeat the process again if needed to remove the remainder of the print from the nylon.

Nylon Fabric

Wash the fabric in cold water. Do not use hot or warm on any of the settings. As a safety precaution turn the hot water off at the tap. This will prevent the washer from using any hot water.

Lay the damp cloth onto an ironing board. Place a paper bag over the silk screen print. Do not use a paper bag that is lined with a shiny film.

Iron over the paper bag covering the entire area of the silk screen print. The print will transfer onto the paper bag. Use a new bag once the print has taken up the first side of the bag. Do not flip the bag over, the paint will stain the iron. Do not press the iron directly onto the nylon. This could cause damage to the nylon fabric.

Repeat the process if needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Soak the cloth in acetone to assist in removing stuck-on paint.

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