Water Transfer Printing also known as hydro-graphics and hydro-dipping is the process of transferring a design/pattern onto a flat or 3D object. Films can be applied to all kinds of products including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. The process consists of a water-soluble film which dissolves in the water and leaves the ink on the surface, activator is then sprayed on the waters surface and the product is dipped into the film transferring it from the water to the product. It is then rinsed and clear coated for a finished product!
he water transfer printing process is extensively 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 substrates including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water and can be painted using traditional techniques then the hydrographic printing process can be used.
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First the product requires surface preparation starts out with prepping the item.
The surface to be decorated must be clean
Then a primer is applied
Then the desired basecoat is applied
The selected film is then suspended on the surface of the water in the water transfer printing tank
Then an activator is applied to the film
After activation, the film becomes a form of liquid ink, which is suspended on the surface of water.
We then dip the product through the ink, when the water is displaced by the product the ink wraps around the product.
The product is then thoroughly rinsed
Then the product is thoroughly dried
Then the product is protected by applying a desired clear-coat finish.
Multiple levels of testing occur during the sampling and production process, for both adhesion and durability.
By offering a one-stop solution to Water Transfer Printing, we eliminate the need for outside services for molded product.
We also support Water Transfer Printing on various customer supplied products.