And it doesn’t matter. I’ve been to conferences and seen leftie’s pull as well.
To find out which method you are most comfortable with, take the calculated approach to see what feels right.
Experiment with all of them at least once:
When ink is on the bottom of the screen, Push to print, pull to flood.
When ink is on the bottom of the screen, Push to print, no flooding, push again with remaining ink.
When ink is on the top of the screen, Pull to print, push to flood.
When ink is on the top of the screen, Pull to print, no flooding, pull again with remaining ink.
Which felt better to you?
The ideal squeegee method
For me, it was natural to go with number 3 (pulling to print, and pushing to flood), as it felt in sync with my print station setup and how I was orchestrating my work flow.
I also felt that pulling was much better for my wrist and it gave me more control compared to pushing where I was using my body weight and pushing away from my shoulders. This can strain and hurt more in the long run.
But then again, this could be different for you.
Is there a specific squeegee method for ink type?
Again, I would say do what feels right for you.
But for the sake of experimentation, I found that my #3 method works better with plastisol inks vs water-based.
When it comes to water-based inks, I have to be extra careful when flooding as to not leave the ink sitting in the mesh for too long.
Longer than a couple of minutes and the ink starts to dry up, causing a pain in my a**.