Matsui Crack Base Clear Water Base Screen Printing Ink


Matsui Binder CB/Crack Base is a semi-opaque base that creates a unique crack weathered effect.



SKU: Matsui Crack Base Category:



  • Easy to mix and print
  • Can be tinted with “Neo Pigments” to create vivid colors
  • Can be printed on top of white underlay to accentuate cracks
  • Excellent printability with no viscosity modifications
  • Thicker ink deposit is recommended for best results
  • Is “PVC Free” and environmentally safe

Technical Specifications


Print through screen mesh up to 110 mc in (43 mc cm) when cured at 320°F (160°C), create a thick stencil with multiple layers of emulsion or use capillary film to achieve a heavier deposit. Must be flashed to achieve cracking effect prior to putting in the dryer.

Special Recommendations

Binder Base/Crack Base should be mixed in clean vessels using clean mixing blades and utensils. Any contamination from other ink sources or non-approved additives could make Binder Base/Crack Base test positive for restricted PVC’s.

  • Use Retarder MG 1-5% to help with open time in the screen
  • Use Fixer WF-N 1-5% to help with wash fastness
  • Use Softener MG 1-4% to help penetrate in to the garment
  • Use Thickener B .25-1% to help thicken the ink
  • Use RV Additive 1-3% to reduce viscosity

Technical Data Sheet:

  • Wet Ink Tack | Low
  • After Flash Tack | Low
  • Printability | Excellent
  • Surface Appearance | Matte
  • Opacity/Viscosity | High/Low
  • Bleed Resistance | None
  • Flash Temperature | 160°F (71°C)/decreases with deposit thickness
  • Cure Temperature | 320°F (160°C)
  • Squeegee Hardness | Medium
  • Squeegee Blade | Sharp
  • Squeegee Angle | 45 degrees to screen
  • Squeegee Speed | Medium
  • Underlay | 301 Series
  • Emulsion | Direct or indirect
  • Mesh Count | 60-110 mc in (24-43 mc cm)
  • Thinner | RV Additive
  • Thickener | Thickener B
  • Storage | 65°F to 95°F (18°C to 35°C). Avoid direct sun.
  • Cleanup | Water and mild soap or detergent
  • Color Range | White
  • Substrate Type | Cotton and blends otherwise use Under Base Blocker
  • Substrate Color(s) | Light, Medium and Dark Fabrics


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