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Often referred to or known as hydro-dipping, immersion dipping, or water transfer printing/imaging.

What is hydrographics you ask???

Hydrographics, is the process of applying printed designs to three-dimensional items. The hydrographic process can be used on metal, plastic, glass, hard woods, and various other materials. In the process, the item 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 purpose built dipping tank containing 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 a the dipping tank, through the floating ink layer, which wraps around and adheres to it. After removing the piece from the water and dried, a clearcoat is applied to protect the design. With multiple dippings, hydrographics printing can achieve full 360° coverage of the part surface, including small crevices.

Contact Us or call for a free budgetary quote to get your project started. Please have a brief description and approximate size of the item that you have in mind so we can give you an accurate price estimate. You can drop off or we can pick your items that you want dipped. Or you can ship it to us to be processed. Customer is responsible for shipping cost both ways.

You can pick from many different patterns by visitng our Available Films page.

 

 

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