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MATSUI-COLOR – Best Water Based Screen Printing Ink

Matsui-Color provides one of the softest ink pigments for dyeing garments and other applications such as wallpaper, and printing. Manufactured by Matsui Shikiso Chemical Co. Ltd. in Japan, we have a showroom for all our ink products in Los Angeles, California. With more than one century of experience in the industry, Matsui Color inks’ quality is better than traditional plastisol inks and meets the standards of modern day high-speed screen printing. It is very easy to use our Matsui ink for dyeing high volumes of textiles.

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5 Things to Remember when Starting a Screen Printing Business

1) 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.

2) 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,

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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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The Visually Impaired Can Autonomously Know Clothing’s Color

I commend Rip Curl for coming up with this brilliant idea for the vision impaired to be able to see the color of their clothes. With Braille Clothing tags, the vision impaired can read what the color labeled on their clothing tag is and provide them with the liberty and autonomy to coordinate their own outfits without the help of others.
 

Launching New Media Outreach

We at Matsui Color have decided to tackle the online media universe and let you into our world. It’s an entirely new endeavor to bring to you products information, screen printing tips and tutorials, all things water-based ink, and what makes our company special. Matsui Color has a long and illustrious history, it’s time we let you into it. check out our new social media sites, and take a look at our Youtube channel where you can find quality display examples of our products in action and great tips on our products and screen printing processes.
 

Custom Print Shirts at Matsui Booth: ISS Long Beach

At the ISS tradeshow in Long Beach, we will be handing out a custom made art piece done of Marilyn Monroe, by our companies very own Peter Kitagawa. Printed on a white t-shirt, we know you’ll love this shirt and we have all sizes available for you.  It was printed at our facility in Los Angeles with our 301 Eco series water based ink:

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