Matsui’s Special Effects inks cover the gamut of textile screen printing ink. They can be modified easily & are malleable to a screen printer’s needs.
Our high quality water based acrylic inks product lines deliver a superior distinguishable ‘soft hand-feel’ at an affordable cost.
On August 7th, 2015 we held a Water Based Workshop, hosted by Viva Merchandise in San Diego in partnership with Dynamic Screen Supply and Murakami Screen. There was a great turnout, from all over Southern California. Matsui’s Technical Services Sales Representative Jesse Martinez spoke on the specifics with printing on detailed Tri-blend fabrics, polyester printing, and the nuances of discharge printing. Matsui special effects products were also covered. We look forward to uploading the content from the seminar online to Youtube shortly for everyone. Below are some of the photos from the Workshop. ...More Information
Don’t do it all It is recommended when starting a screen printing business to focus on specialty niches. The screen printing business has been growing and is more competitive than ever. Certain examples of niche markets include, high school sports, mothers, or activity club attire. Having sufficient access to space for equipment Screen printing equipment can take up a lot of space, also, operating the various machines and equipment requires certain safety and protocol to ensure safety and hazard standards are met. All ink types require to be disposed and ventilated accordingly to regulations, Be aware of the learning curve The knowledge base required to screen print successfully cannot be learned from scratch overnight, there are many facets to the craft that will inevitably lead to numerous misprints as one learns. Running a profitable screen printing business does not hinge upon being an expert in all that is screen printing, but it will sure help as the various types of print jobs come your way. It will...More Information
Curing is sometimes an overlooked aspect of screen printing and the printing process, but it is the most vital part to ensuring the longevity of your print designs. This article will focus mainly on water base ink curing – or should I say drying – as Matsui International is an exclusive water base ink producer, and water base ink simple evaporates. Since we are on the topic though, plastisol “cures,” because plastisol ink is in essence plastic in a liquefied state due to a plasticizing agent. Instead of evaporating, plastisol inks vary, but approximately only 1% of the ink is burned off through curing and the remaining ink rests on top of the fabric. Drying water base ink is simple enough, but I want to go thoroughly deep into all the details and specifics of how to get the perfect cure with anything, anywhere. Water base ink can in truth, dry completely out in the sun, but I wouldn’t recommend it, it takes excessive amount of time...More Information
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