hydro dipping

What is hydro dipping?

Hydro dipping (also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing & hydro imaging) is a unique process applying graphics to almost any 3-dimensional object made from either plastic, metal, wood, etc. except if it would be damaged if submerged into water, namely electronic gadgets.

The item requires to be roughed/scuffed up (if needed), primed, a base coat applied which is a paint layer giving the film something to adhere to, dipped into the film which has designs printed with a special kind of ink on a PVA film that is water soluble making it pliable and can absorb water and withstand water temperatures of 32°C. 

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hydro dipping

Hydro dipping (also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing & hydro imaging) is a unique process applying graphics to almost any 3-dimensional object made from either plastic, metal, wood, etc. except if it would be damaged if submerged into water, namely electronic gadgets

What is hydro dipping?

Hydro dipping (also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing & hydro imaging) is a unique process applying graphics to almost any 3-dimensional object made from either plastic, metal, wood, etc. except if it would be damaged if submerged into water, namely electronic gadgets.

The item requires to be roughed/scuffed up (if needed), primed, a base coat applied which is a paint layer giving the film something to adhere to, dipped into the film which has designs printed with a special kind of ink on a PVA film that is water soluble making it pliable and can absorb water and withstand water temperatures of 32°C. 

hydro dipping process?

When laying the film, it must be ensured that the correct side of the film is facing down which is the sticky side, with no air bubbles.  The activator chemical is then applied which dissolves and liquefies the ink enabling the graphics to adhere to the object which is slowly dipped into the film on the water which presses the film/design to all the angles of the object been dipped. The activator softens the outer layer of the base coat allowing the design to bond with the base coat, rather than being just another layer over the base coat. After dipping, the object has a slimy residue all over it and this requires to be rinsed off thoroughly until it has a dry feel and all the slimy residue is off.

A clear coat is then applied to protect it, which can either be matt or gloss. Hydro-Dipping is as durable as the paints and clears you use.  If an automotive paint is used, the graphics will be as long lasting as the paint on the cars. Cerakote can also be used for durability especially on firearms.

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