Applied Hydrographics offers a 3D decorating process, (hydrodipping) where elaborate graphics like wood grain, carbon fiber, camouflage, geometrical designs, etc... are applied to a product surface
The water transfer printing process extensively used to decorate items that range from all-terrain vehicles and vehicle dashboards, to small items like bike helmets, or other automotive trim. Hydrographics patterns/films can be applied to all types of substrates including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water, the hydro-graphic process can be used.
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Our custom hydrographics process utilizes a water-soluable film that contains complex patterns printed in ink. The film dissolves in the water and leaves the ink on the surface. In the typical process, the item is first coated with a primer or an adhesion promoter. After the primer is dry, a base coat paint is applied which controls the hue of the pattern. Many hydrographic films are transparent, which means you can achieve unique designs by customizing the base coat colors. For example, wood grain films often utilize a brown base coat, and many camouflage patterns use a required base coat color to maintain the integrity of the pattern.
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. Excess PVA residue is then washed off. The part is dried, and a clear top coat is applied.
We would be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss any questions you may have about your project. We are also available to give quotes over the phone, though its recommended you come by so we can see the parts and give you a more accurate quote. There are literally hundreds of different film options to choose from, such as wood grains, natural stones, camo, carbon fibers, flames, flags, etc....as well as the ability to custom design your own film using non copyrighted art work or photographs.
We accept parts mailed to us from all over the U.S also. All parts must be completely dis-assembled prior to arriving at our shop.
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