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April 2015

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Curing Water Base Ink: Solutions for High Quality Prints

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.

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Defining Eco-Friendly

Matsui International is driven in the innovation of water based acrylic and discharge inks.  This innovation is founded on pursuing eco-friendly technologies.  From this sustainability stance, the history of screen printing ink has had a dubious history; to pair with that, the ambiguity of what is eco-friendly.  To illustrate this further, when you hear “sustainability” or “eco-friendly” the tangible details of what defines these words in screen printing can leave you with surprisingly little to say.

When each new product is unveiled Matsui International goes through the effort of testing products through Oeko-Tex, a leading organization in the research and testing of textile ecology.  This company has set testing grades and value limits for an extensive list of harmful substances.  Oeko-Tex testing criteria fit into three categories: illegal substances, legally regulated substances, and harmful substances that are not yet regulated.  Their exhaustive test criteria exceed that of most legislative governing bodies, making Oeko-Tex one of the leaders and authorities in textile testing.

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