What is HydroGraphics?
Hydrographics or HydroGraphics,
also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging,
cubic printing, or hydro dipping, is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional
objects. The hydrographic process can be used on metal, plastic, glass, hard woods, and various other materials. In the process,
the substrate piece to be printed is pre-treated and a base coat material is applied. A polyvinyl alcohol film is gravure-printed
with the graphic image to be transferred, and is then floated on the surface of a vat of water. An activator chemical is sprayed
on the film to dissolve it into a liquid and activate a bonding agent. The piece is then lowered into the vat, through the
floating ink layer, which wraps around and adheres to it. After removing the piece from the water, a top coat is applied to
protect the design. With multiple dippings, hydrographics printing can achieve full 360° coverage of the part surface,
including small crevices.
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What can be “Dipped”?
Any object that can be painted and submerged in water can have water transfer printing applied. Many items that you
use today are hydro dipped without you even recognizing it.
From bicycle helmets to wood grain interiors on vehicles, interiors on boats and planes
where weight is a consideration. Other items that are becoming increasingly popular are street bikes, all-terrain-vehicles,
hunting rifles and related gear.
Due to the varying sizes and complexities of hydrographics most jobs are quoted on an individual basis. For a price
list of standard jobs please email us.