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General FAQ

What is the pot life of the 301 Eco Series inks?
The 301 Eco Series of inks are reusable so long as they are kept in airtight containers. However, any ink that has Fixer WF-F in it has a pot life of about eight hours.

What is the pot life of the HM Discharge inks?
Pot life for the HM Discharge inks with activator mixed into them is about twelve hours. Any longer and the prints will not discharge as much when cured.

What are the recommended curing conditions?
Ideal curing conditions are 320∘for 3 minutes, unless Fixer WF-F is used. If Fixer WF-F is used then the ideal curing conditions are 285∘F for 3 minutes.

Should I use Fixer WF-N or Fixer WF-F?
Inks with Fixer WF-F can be cured at a temperature of 285∘F for 3 minutes. However, Fixer WF-F has not been certified as an Eco-Friendly product. Also, any ink that has Fixer WF-F in it has a pot life of about eight hours. Inks with Fixer WF-N must be cured at 320∘for 3 minutes, but it does not require special handling.

How do I color match a Pantone color?
You can match a Pantone color by using our Matsui Color Matching Software.

How do I use the Matsui Color Matching Software?
First, download the Matsui Color Matching Software. It can be downloaded to a variety of operating systems; Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and can be also used with Mac, Linux, and mobile devices. In the color matching software there is a box that says, “Start Here”. Under “Select Type” in that box you choose what type of ink and application. The NEO Colors are the most commonly used series of ink formulations. Use the RC NEO Color option if you are mixing inks to be used on white garments. You use the OW NEO Color option if you are mixing inks to be used on designs that require a white under base. The RC colors are premixed pigments and bases that only need to be mixed with each other to color match. The PC colors are premixed pigment that must still be mixed into a base. OW Colors are premixed pigments and bases that are intended to be printed over a white under base.

Can I use the Matsui Color Matching Software for discharge inks?
Yes, but you will have to substitute Clear Bases with HM Discharge Base and Mat Bases with HM Discharge White. The pigment formulation will have to be modified depending on the color of the garment. You can also mix the two Discharge Bases together to vary the amount of clarity in the base.

How can I achieve a soft hand feel on the final print?
A smooth print with just enough thickness to be opaque should yield a soft hand feel. If a softer feel is desired, either the printing method or the ink formula can be modified. You can decrease your off-contact and speed up your squeegee movement to reduce the amount of ink being deposited. Also, the ink formula can be modified by adding up to 3% Softener MG.

How can I achieve a thicker ink deposit?
The easiest way to achieve a thicker deposit is to increase the squeegee angle. Increasing the off-contact of the screen as well as the height of the squeegee yields even more ink deposit. Another option is slowing down the speed of the squeegee. If using an automatic printer, the flood bar can be replaced with another squeegee, which can be lowered to the point where the screen mesh is loaded with ink, creating more deposit when printed. This effect may vary depending on the ink’s viscosity. Screen mesh and emulsion are factors as well. Screen mesh with more open area, and thick emulsion help create a thicker ink deposit.

How can I achieve a thinner ink deposit? You can achieve a thinner ink deposit by decreasing the squeegee angle and/or increasing the squeegee speed. Decreasing the amount of screen off-contact and squeegee height both help to reduce ink deposit as well. If it is an option, using a screen with a high mesh count and thin emulsion will make a significant difference.

How do I achieve a more opaque print?
A more opaque print can be achieved by increasing the amount of ink deposited, or by using other methods. For example, if printing on a dark garment you can print a white or tinted under base. If the garment is dischargeable you can discharge an under base. Another option is to print, flash, then print the same layer again.

How do I improve the printability of the ink?
To improve the flow of ink through the screen mesh, add the additive Softener MG. Softener MG also helps keep the ink from drying in the screen.

How do I keep the ink from drying in the screen?
To keep the ink from drying in the screen it helps to add the additive, Retarder MG, which also functions to promote the flow of ink through the screen mesh.

What is the difference between Softener MG and Retarder MG?
Functionally they are very similar but their names reveal their primary purpose. Physically, Softener MG is a white, oily paste that dries clear. Retarder MG is a clear, oily, liquid.

How can I eliminate ink from dripping through the screen mesh?
You can prevent ink from dripping through the screen mesh by using a higher mesh screen and/or by reducing the height of the flood bar. Another option is to increase the viscosity by using the additive, Thickener B.

How can I eliminate ink bleeding under the screen while printing?
Ink bleeding could be the result of a number of factors: the screen off-contact may be too low, the squeegee may be too low, the pressure the squeegee exerts may be too high, the ink’s viscosity may be too low, or the screen mesh may be too open.

How do I print on polyester, lycra, or other high-stretch fabric?
If the material is undyed, the stretch series of bases can be printed directly on to high-stretch, synthetic material. However, to print on dyed, synthetic fabric, Under Base Blocker 301 must first be printed.

How do I print on tri-blend fabric?
Tri-blend fabric typically requires the use of Under Base Blocker 301 prior to printing any other ink as sublimation is common with tri-blend fabric.

Can I discharge tri-blend fabric?
No, but sometimes yes, but usually no. Depending on which fabric in the tri-blend is dyed, and with what dyes, the fabric may discharge as normal, not completely, or may turn the garment into a different color. Different batches of shirts from the same supplier may show different effects as well.

Pigments FAQ

How much pigment should I mix into my base?
Depending on the color being created, 301 Eco Series and Dyestone pigments are usually mixed into bases at a concentration of up to 10%, sometimes, but rarely, more. PC White 70 and the Glow Colors are mixed in at concentration rates of up to 20%.

With what ink bases and pigments can the PC White 70 be used?
PC White 70 can be used with any base or pigment, including the 301 Eco Series bases and pigments, Dyestone, Discharge bases, and Glow Colors.

Can I mix 301 Neo Pigments with the Glow Colors?
Yes, you can. Can the 301 Neo Pigments be mixed into the Dyestone base? No, it is recommended that only Dyestone X pigments be used with Dyestone bases.

Which pigments do I use with Special Effect bases?
You can use 301 Eco Series pigments and Glow Colors.

Which pigments do I use with Discharge bases?
You can use 301 Eco Series pigments and Glow Colors.

Dyestone FAQ

What is Dyestone?
Dyestone is an ink that can be screen printed like regular screen printing ink, but when cured feels like a dye.

Is Dyestone PVC free?
Yes.

Can Dyestone be dry cleaned or ironed?
Yes.

Does Dyestone require the use of additives?
Additives are not required but are available. Dyestone has its own line of exclusive additives.

Can I use 301 Neo Series pigment with Dyestone?
No, Dyestone uses its own line of exclusive Dyestone X Color.

Discharge FAQ

What is the pot life of the HM Discharge inks?
Pot life for the HM Discharge inks with activator mixed into them is about twelve hours. Any longer and the prints will not discharge as much when cured.

What are the recommended curing conditions?
Ideal curing conditions are 320∘for 3 minutes, unless Fixer WF-F is used. If Fixer WF-F is used then the ideal curing conditions are 285∘F for 3 minutes.

Should I use Fixer WF-N or Fixer WF-F?
For discharge inks Fixer WF-F should be used. Inks with Fixer WF-F can be cured at a temperature of 285∘F for 3 minutes. However, Fixer WF-F has not been certified as an Eco-Friendly product. Also, any ink that has Fixer WF-F in it has a pot life of about eight hours. Inks with Fixer WF-N must be cured at 320∘for 3 minutes, but it does not require special handling.

How do I color match a Pantone color?
You can match a Pantone color by using our Matsui Color Matching Software.

How do I use the Matsui Color Matching Software?
First, download our Matsui Color Matching Software. It can be downloaded to a variety of operating systems; Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and can be also used with Mac, Linux, and mobile devices. In the color matching software there is a box that says, “Start Here”. Under “Select Type” in that box you choose what type of ink and application. The NEO Colors are the most commonly used series of ink formulations. Use the RC NEO Color option if you are mixing inks to be used on white garments. You use the OW NEO Color option if you are mixing inks to be used on designs that require a white under base. The RC colors are premixed pigments and bases that only need to be mixed with each other to color match. The PC colors are premixed pigment that must still be mixed into a base. OW Colors are premixed pigments and bases that are intended to be printed over a white under base.

Can I use the Matsui Color Matching Software for discharge inks?
Yes, but you will have to substitute Clear Bases with HM Discharge Base and Mat Bases with HM Discharge White. The pigment formulation will have to be modified depending on the color of the garment. You can also mix the two Discharge Bases together to vary the amount of clarity in the base.

How can I achieve a soft hand feel on the final print?
A smooth print with just enough thickness to be opaque should yield a soft hand feel. If a softer feel is desired, either the printing method or the ink formula can be modified. You can decrease your off-contact and speed up your squeegee movement to reduce the amount of ink being deposited. Also, the ink formula can be modified by adding up to 3% Softener MG.

How can I achieve a thicker ink deposit?
The easiest way to achieve a thicker deposit is to increase the squeegee angle. Increasing the off-contact of the screen as well as the height of the squeegee yields even more ink deposit. Another option is slowing down the speed of the squeegee. If using an automatic printer, the flood bar can be replaced with another squeegee, which can be lowered to the point where the screen mesh is loaded with ink, creating more deposit when printed. This effect may vary depending on the ink’s viscosity. Screen mesh and emulsion are factors as well. Screen mesh with more open area, and thick emulsion help create a thicker ink deposit.

How can I achieve a thinner ink deposit?
You can achieve a thinner ink deposit by decreasing the squeegee angle and/or increasing the squeegee speed. Decreasing the amount of screen off-contact and squeegee height both help to reduce ink deposit as well. If it is an option, using a screen with a high mesh count and thin emulsion will make a significant difference.

How do I achieve a more opaque print?
A more opaque print can be achieved by increasing the amount of ink deposited, or by using other methods. For example, if printing on a dark garment you can print a white or tinted under base. If the garment is dischargeable you can discharge an under base. Another option is to print, flash, then print the same layer again.

How do I improve the printability of the ink?
To improve the flow of ink through the screen mesh, add the additive Softener MG. Softener MG also helps keep the ink from drying in the screen.

How do I keep the ink from drying in the screen?
To keep the ink from drying in the screen it helps to add the additive, Retarder MG, which also functions to promote the flow of ink through the screen mesh.

What is the difference between Softener MG and Retarder MG?
Functionally they are very similar but their names reveal their primary purpose. Physically, Softener MG is a white, oily paste that dries clear. Retarder MG is a clear, oily, liquid.

How can I eliminate ink from dripping through the screen mesh?
You can prevent ink from dripping through the screen mesh by using a higher mesh screen and/or by reducing the height of the flood bar. Another option is to increase the viscosity by using the additive, Thickener B.

How can I eliminate ink bleeding under the screen while printing?
Ink bleeding could be the result of a number of factors: the screen off-contact may be too low, the squeegee may be too low, the pressure the squeegee exerts may be too high, the ink’s viscosity may be too low, or the screen mesh may be too open.

How do I print on polyester, lycra, or other high-stretch fabric?
If the material is undyed, the stretch series of bases can be printed directly on to high-stretch, synthetic material. However, to print on dyed, synthetic fabric, Under Base Blocker 301 must first be printed.

How do I print on tri-blend fabric?
Tri-blend fabric typically requires the use of Under Base Blocker 301 prior to printing any other ink as sublimation is common with tri-blend fabric.

Can I discharge tri-blend fabric?
No, but sometimes yes, but usually no. Depending on which fabric in the tri-blend is dyed, and with what dyes, the fabric may discharge as normal, not completely, or may turn the garment into a different color. Different batches of shirts from the same supplier may show different effects as well.

301 Eco Series FAQ

What is the pot life of the 301 Eco Series inks?
The 301 Eco Series of inks are reusable so long as they are kept in airtight containers. However, any ink that has Fixer WF-F in it has a pot life of about eight hours.

What are the recommended curing conditions?
Ideal curing conditions are 320∘for 3 minutes, unless Fixer WF-F is used. If Fixer WF-F is used then the ideal curing conditions are 285∘F for 3 minutes.

Should I use Fixer WF-N or Fixer WF-F?
Inks with Fixer WF-F can be cured at a temperature of 285∘F for 3 minutes. However, Fixer WF-F has not been certified as an Eco-Friendly product. Also, any ink that has Fixer WF-F in it has a pot life of about eight hours. Inks with Fixer WF-N must be cured at 320∘for 3 minutes, but they do not require special handling.

How can I achieve a soft hand feel on the final print?
A smooth print with just enough thickness to be opaque should yield a soft hand feel. If a softer feel is desired, either the printing method or the ink formula can be modified. You can decrease your off-contact and speed up your squeegee movement to reduce the amount of ink being deposited. Also, the ink itself can be modified to be softer by adding up to 3% Softener MG.

How can I achieve a thicker ink deposit?
The easiest way to achieve a thicker deposit is to increase the squeegee angle. Increasing the off-contact of the screen as well as the height of the squeegee yields even more ink deposit. Another option is slowing down the speed of the squeegee. If using an automatic printer, the flood bar can be replaced with another squeegee, which can be lowered to the point where the screen mesh is loaded with ink, creating more deposit when printed. This effect may vary depending on the ink’s viscosity. Screen mesh and emulsion are factors as well. Screen mesh with more open area, and thick emulsion help create a thicker ink deposit.

How can I achieve a thinner ink deposit?
You can achieve a thinner ink deposit by decreasing the squeegee angle and/or increasing the squeegee speed. Decreasing the amount of screen off-contact and squeegee height both help to reduce ink deposit as well. If it is an option, using a screen with a high mesh count and thin emulsion will make a significant difference.

How do I achieve a more opaque print?
A more opaque print can be achieved by increasing the amount of ink deposited, or by using other methods. For example, if printing on a dark garment you can print a white or tinted under base. If the garment is dischargeable you can discharge an under base. Another option is to print, flash, then print the same layer again.

How do I improve the printability of the ink?
To improve the flow of ink through the screen mesh, add the additive Softener MG. Softener MG also helps keep the ink from drying in the screen.

How do I keep the ink from drying in the screen?
To keep the ink from drying in the screen it helps to add the additive, Retarder MG, which also functions to promote the flow of ink through the screen mesh.

What is the difference between Softener MG and Retarder MG?
Functionally they are very similar but their names reveal their primary purpose. Physically, Softener MG is a white, oily paste that dries clear. Retarder MG is a clear, oily, liquid.

How can I eliminate ink from dripping through the screen mesh?
You can prevent ink from dripping through the screen mesh by using a higher mesh screen and/or by reducing the height of the flood bar. Another option is to increase the viscosity by using the additive, Thickener B.

How can I eliminate ink bleeding under the screen while printing?
Ink bleeding could be the result of a number of factors: the screen off-contact may be too low, the squeegee may be too low, the pressure the squeegee exerts may be too high, the ink’s viscosity may be too low, or the screen mesh may be too open.

How do I print on polyester, lycra, or other high-stretch fabric?
If the material is undyed, the stretch series of bases can be printed directly on to high-stretch, synthetic material. However, to print on dyed, synthetic fabric, Under Base Blocker 301 must first be printed. How do I print on tri-blend fabric? Tri-blend fabric typically requires the use of Under Base Blocker 301 prior to printing any other ink as sublimation is common with tri-blend fabric.

How do I color match a Pantone color?
You can match a Pantone color by using our Matsui Color Matching Software.

How do I use the Matsui Color Matching Software?
First, download our Matsui Color Matching Software. It can be downloaded to a variety of operating systems; Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and can be also used with Mac, Linux, and mobile devices. In the color matching software there is a box that says, “Start Here”. Under “Select Type” in that box you choose what type of ink and application. The NEO Colors are the most commonly used series of ink formulations. Use the RC NEO Color option if you are mixing inks to be used on white garments. You use the OW NEO Color option if you are mixing inks to be used on designs that require a white under base. The RC colors are premixed pigments and bases that only need to be mixed with each other to color match. The PC colors are premixed pigment that must still be mixed into a base. OW Colors are premixed pigments and bases that are intended to be printed over a white under base

Flock Print Transfer FAQ

What is the Flock Print Transfer System?
The Flock Print Transfer System is a method of applying flock to a garment.

How does the Flock Print Transfer System work?
The Flock Print Transfer System works by first screen printing Foil Adhesive TFG 301 onto the garment. Once the garment with the Foil Adhesive TFG 301 has been cured at 320∘F for 3 minutes, the flock is applied via flock paper and a heat press. Place the flock paper face down over the printed side of the garment then heat press at 320∘F for anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds.

Are there any alternatives to the Flock Print Transfer System?
There is what is known as the Electrostatic Flock System. This system uses Flock Binder 301 as the adhesive that is printed prior to applying the flock which is done so using static electricity instead of a heat press.

Is Foil Adhesive TFG 301 only for foil?
No, Foil Adhesive TFG 301 is designed to be used for applying Foil, Flock, and Reflective material by heat press.

Additives FAQ

Which Additives are for which bases?
The Dyestone Additives can only be used with Dyestone bases and inks. The non-Dyestone Additives can be used with 301 Eco Series, Special Effect, and Discharge Inks.

Should I use Fixer WF-N or Fixer WF-F?
Inks with Fixer WF-F can be cured at a temperature of 285∘F for 3 minutes. However, Fixer WF-F has not been certified as an Eco-Friendly product. Also, any ink that has Fixer WF-F in it has a pot life of about eight hours. Inks with Fixer WF-N must be cured at 320∘for 3 minutes, but it does not require special handling.

How can I achieve a soft hand feel on the final print?
A smooth print with just enough thickness to be opaque should yield a soft hand feel. If a softer feel is desired, either the printing method or the ink formula can be modified. You can decrease your off-contact and speed up your squeegee movement to reduce the amount of ink being deposited. Also, the ink formula can be modified by adding up to 3% Softener MG.

How do I improve the printability of the ink?
To improve the flow of ink through the screen mesh, add the additive Softener MG. Softener MG also helps keep the ink from drying in the screen.

How do I keep the ink from drying in the screen?
To keep the ink from drying in the screen it helps to add the additive, Retarder MG, which also functions to promote the flow of ink through the screen mesh.

What is the difference between Softener MG and Retarder MG?
Functionally they are very similar but their names reveal their primary purpose. Physically, Softener MG is a white, oily paste that dries clear. Retarder MG is a clear, oily, liquid.

How can I eliminate ink from dripping through the screen mesh?
You can prevent ink from dripping through the screen mesh by using a higher mesh screen and/or by reducing the height of the flood bar. Another option is to increase the viscosity by using the additive, Thickener B.

Special Effect FAQ

What is the difference between Special Effect products and Specialty products?
Special Effect products are static inks, meaning once cured they retain their appearance. Whereas Specialty products change colors or disappear.

Which Pigments do I use with Special Effect inks?
Use the 301 Neo Series Pigments with Special Effect Inks.

Can I use Additives with Special Effect inks?
Yes, you can.

Are Special Effect inks PVC free?
All Special Effect inks are PVC free but Shine Binder does contain small amounts of Organotin, which is considered a lightly toxic substance.

How do I cure Special Effect inks?
We recommend you cure Special Effect inks the same way you cure our other inks, at 320∘F for 3 minutes.

Can different Special Effect binders be combined?
Yes, different binders can be combined for the utmost personalization. The exceptions being Foil Adhesive and Shine Binder.

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Color Matching System

Color Matching System application will allow user to calculate composition of amount of ink in weight or volume, based on Pantone® color code provided by the user. (Updated 12/8/16).

 

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Customer Testimony

“What I really like about your products is that they are so easy to use and acrylic based, so that the whole process is easier and less toxic, and sure that it is possible to blend them with common waterbased inks.  I liked very much to blend the different special inks, and it is great that that is possible.” -Barbro Scholz, Artist and Textile Designer

“I have used numerous brands of waterbase inks during my 25 years in the screen printing industry. I have found Matsui’s 301 ECO-Series system to be the most production friendly yet – making the transition from development on manual sample presses to production on high volume automatics very simple and with very little down time. The 301 series makes it possible for us to meet our customer’s demand for high resolution waterbase graphics requiring 300+ mesh. This ink doesn’t dry in the screens like some of the other brands and seems to work even better when the pallets get hot. Matsui updates their compliance testing on an annual basis and make the reports available for those needing Certificates of Compliance and test reports for their customers. Matsui and their distributor (American Eagle) both provide us with top notch customer service and technical assistance. They help train our development team to get the most out of their products and use them to their full potential.” -Don Moos, Sales Manager at Inx Prints Inc. 

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