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Matsui Specialty Inks - Phantom Clear - Water Activated Effect

by Matsui
This special clear ink is a water-resistant print formula that is invisible on a dry shirt. Once exposed to water, the print remains the shirt color compared to the dark shirt background caused by wet saturation. Works best with high contrast wet/dry shirt colors. Fully curable water-based ink formula is durable to multiple machine washings. 110-160 mesh counts. Ink needs to fully penetrate absorbent fibers.

Phantom Clear prints clear and dries invisible until wet with water or moisture. This makes it a unique product for fitness brands, gyms, or water sports and activities. The best part is that Phantom Clear, which is water-based, is straightforward to print with.


Garments: Before you start, choose the correct garment. Phantom Clear is invisible until wet, so design on light enough garments so it will show up when wet. Lighter athletic colors, like a heather gray, work great for this.

Screens: Phantom Clear is a PVC-Free eco-friendly ink that prints through standard mesh sizes ranging from 110 to 200.

Emulsion: Your stencil can be created from the same emulsions and processes that you use for any of our HSA or Discharge Inks. We typically recommend a water/solvent-resistant emulsion.

Printing: When printing manually or automatic, we recommend flooding the screen before and after the print, printing with double print stroke to maximize saturation. You can use a flash if you are printing around another design, but no print-flash-print is necessary if you are printing directly to fabric.

Curing: Phantom Clear is cured at normal temperatures of 320 degrees, with a dryer dwell time of 120 seconds, depending on your dryer's airflow.

  • Excellent printability with no viscosity modifications
  • Extremely soft hand feel that PVC inks cannot achieve
  • Is “PVC Free” and environmentally safe

Print through fine screen mesh up to 120 mc in (47mc cm) when cured at 320°F (160°C), Phantom Clear produces the softest prints achievable in textile screen printing today.

 WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm

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