Yes and no. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship our chemical based products internationally. We can, however, ship our hydrographic films anywhere in the world.
Generally, any hard surface that will accept a quality base coat can be reliably hydrodipped.
The process is straight forward. If you can follow instructions, you can hydrodip an object.
Yes, as long as it is a good automotive quality base coat you can use it for hydrodipping.
No, any water from a clean supply is adequate.
It is important when spraying the activator over the film that you hold the can level. You must have even coverage of activator on the film.
Yes, spray some activator into a small container. Using a small brush, dip it into the activator and rub the brush onto a piece of the film. You can dilute some of the ink from the carrier and dab it onto the area you wish to touch up. After this procedure rinse the part under running water.
Hydrographic dipping (also known as water transfer printing, hydro dipping, hydro imaging, or camo dipping) is the process of applying decorative finish to 3D products. Any non-porous surface that can be submerged in water can be decorated. If you can get paint to adhere to the part, than most likely you can decorate it with this process. Examples of such materials are alloys, plastics, glass, hardwoods, fiberglass, ceramics, and metals. Products are decorated using a high quality pre-printed image, which resides on a thin base of soluble film.
This printed film is then placed on the surface of the water and sprayed with an activator, causing the base to dissolve. The film is activated causing the image/ink to remain floating on top of the water. Next the prepared part is immersed in the water, and the upward pressure of the water causes the ink to wrap around and adhere to the item. After the item has been submerged, it is removed from the water, cleaned and then coated with a high quality powder coat or automotive wet spray clear coat.
The versatility of hydrographics is evident in its use across a variety of industries. A reason for this is that WTP patterns are immune to climate changes. You don’t have to worry about your guitar, hubcap, light switch, laptop case or athletic equipment losing its color or sheen. Ultimately the durability of your final product will depend of the quality of the clear coat used to protect your hydrographic.
Specially designed paint mixing systems and formulas are available for you to purchase. You can mix as little as one quart of paint at a time. We also carry specific color mix paint available to purchase for all camouflage films and offer paint chips.
Use a high quality clear coat for the final finish. Whether its flat, semi-gloss or gloss the final coat should be durable enough to protect the part. Once the clear coat has dried you need to inspect it for defects. Most minor defects like orange peel look, or debris in the finish can be wet sanded and polished out at this stage. There are a few exceptions to this. For instance if you are using a flat paint for clear coat you would have to sand the defect away and then re-apply the final coat.