So what is water transfer printing?
Water transfer printing, also known as HydroGraphics, immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, hydro dipping or cubic printing, is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces.
This method allows patterns and designs to be applied to any shaped objects, such as metal, plastic, glass, hardwoods, and various other materials. Basically, any object that can hold a base coat and be safely submerged in water can be dipped.
Surfaces such as dashboards, hunting equipment, camouflage items, automotive parts, and many others, can be customized with this process. This is the same process used by major manufacturers to decorate their products.
Simply clean the item, buff it, and apply a base coat. After that, dip it (applying the pattern), rinse, dry and clear coat.
This well-proven an innovative procedure opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for all of us.
Water Transfer Printing Video
Watch below youtube video to have an idea of this method:
Water Transfer Printing Process
Depending on the material, a high-grade base coat provides the foundation for the look and durability of the decor.
- The motorcycle bodywork is first primed, dried and then sanded.
- The water-soluble side is to be placed on the water surface after the carbon-film has been soaked for the prescribed time, the activation follows.
- The activator dissolves the upper layer of the carbon-film and liquefies the decor color, the previously soaked support layer on the underside holds the carbon-film together.
- This viscous state allows the film to cover the object perfectly in the dipping process and to form an optimal compound with the base coat, for perfect surface coating.
If you can’t understand very well, let the video do the talking, here they are: