WHAT IS HYDROGRAPHICS?
HYDROGRAPHICS, also known as water transfer printing or hydrodipping, is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces. The designs we can apply are virtually endless: camos, skulls, carbon fibers, paisleys, flames, clowns, you name it. Each piece is hand painted and hand dipped. We put a clear coat on all our projects. We can apply hydrographics to plastic, fabric, metal, glass or hard woods.
Our process is unlike most conventional painting processes. With each project we begin by prepping it for paint to ensure that the paint adheres properly and that there are no contaminants. This usually involves sandblasting and stripping previous coatings. We paint and dip each piece, usually with a pattern-specific base coat or to the customer’s specifications.
Our process involves using a design printed on PVA (polyvinyl alcohol), which is water-soluble film. We lay the PVA on the water, activate it, submerge each piece through the PVA, and rinse the residual PVA off the piece.
Finally, we clear coat each piece with one of our three clear coat options to seal in the design to ensure that the design won't fade or chip easily over time.
We very carefully plan how we approach each project so that you receive the most vibrant, clear and consisent finished product possible.
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