Hydro Printing

Hydro Printing is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces. The process Can be used on guns, auto-mobile trim and interior parts, wheels, motorcycle tanks, fenders or Anything that can be submerged in water.

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What Is Water Transfer Printing?

Water Transfer Printing (also known as hydrograghics, immersion printing) is a surface process where graphics like wood grain, carbon fiber, camouflage, geometrical designs, etc… are applied to a product surface. The process is used to decorate items that range from entire all-terrain vehicles and car dashboards to small items like bike helmets or other automotive trim. Films can be applied to all types of materials including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. If the item can be dipped in water, most likely the hydro-graphic process can be used.

What Is The Process Of Printing?

The process utilizes a water-soluble film that contains the printed patterns. The film dissolves in the water and leaves the ink on the surface. In the typical process, the item to be printed is first coated with a primer or an adhesion promoter. After this dries, a base-coat paint is applied which controls the hue of the pattern. So, for instance, wood grain prints often utilize a brown base-coat and many camouflage patterns use a neutral base. After the base-coat is applied, the item is ready for decorating. The film is activated. The item is then dipped into the water and the ink wraps around it. It is then washed and painted with a clear topcoat.

How Durable Is Water Transfer Printing?

Some of the largest automobile and boat manufacturers use products with water transfer printing. Many of those parts spend the majority of their lives in direct exposure, such as boat instrument panels. The clear coat used is automotive grade, designed to withstand nature and time.

Can items that are not correctly printed be reprinted?

Yes, items that are not printed to satisfaction can be reprinted.

What types of items can be printed?

A wide variety of flat or 3-D shapes and manufacturing materials (plastics, metals, etc.) can be printed.