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Custom Hydro Graphics / Water Transfer Printing
This is the process of transferring custom imagery to any 3D object be it engine bay components, vehicle trims, helmets, fairings, gun stocks, games consoles and much, much more! If it can be immersed in water then it can be dipped.
Whether you’re looking for a subtle carbon fibre effect or a complete custom image piece with airbrush detailing, we can accommodate your requirements.
In the process, the substrate piece to be printed first goes through the entire painting process: surface preparation, priming and painting. After painting but before clear coating, the part is ready to be processed. A polyvinyl alcohol hydrographic film, which has been gravure-printed with the graphic image to be transferred, is carefully placed on the water's surface in the dipping tank. The clear film is water soluble, and dissolves after applying an activator solution. Once dipping is begun, the surface tension of the water will allow the pattern to curve around any shape. Any remaining residue is then rinsed off thoroughly. The ink has already adhered and will not wash off. It is then allowed to dry. The adhesion is a result of the chemical components of the activator softening the base coat layer and allowing the ink to form a bond with it.
How long does it last?
The transfer process is a chemically permanent change and can last the life time of the item being dipped. It requires relatively small amount of care and maintenance to ensure its condition. The gloss coat added at the final stage ensures both the finish as well as the durability of the work.
What designs can I get?
The range of designs available from around the world are extensive with multiple variations available through different application techniques and colour matching. We will discuss your design requirements with you and tailor artwork to suit.
Please ensure all sections are completed accurately and multiple images uploaded which will allow us to get designs put together for you. The more images you upload the better content we have to work with.
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