Spots of poor ink pickup by pad in Pad Printing Machine? Potential Problems in Printing – Description of Problems and Proposed Solutions InkClichePadSubstrateOthersInk Problem Solution 1. Too thick. 1. Add thinner. 2. Dried out. 2. Clean cliche with thinner. 3. Wrong thinner. 3. Use slower thinner or one suited to ink system. Cliche Problem Solution 1. Insufficient etching depth. 1. Produce new cliche with greater etching depth. 2. Wrong screen ruling. 2. Test new cliche with different fineness of halftone screen. 3. Surface physically damaged. 3. Use new cliche. Pad Problem Solution 1. Too flat. 1. Use more tapered pad shape. 2. Surface roughened. 2. Replace pad. 3. Pad swollen. 3. Blow air on pad. 4. Surface too oily 4. Clean pad (several times) or replace. Substrate Problem Solution Others Problem Solution 1. Too thick. 1. Add thinner. 2. Dried out. 2. Clean cliche with thinner. If ink pulls on pad fibers during pickup, it is too thick and needs thinning. Full List of FAQ'sPad Printing SuppliesPad Printing ForumPad Printing Job Work By careprint|April 21, 2022|0 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail About the Author: careprint Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.