hydrographics

Hydrographics (also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, hydro dipping or cubic printing) is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces.

At Raw Coatings we use our custom-built facility to apply hydrographics film designs to almost any object. We use a dedicated Hydro Rinsing machine to achieve great results from full motorbike frames, tanks through to alloy wheels, car interiors, helmets, splitters, grills, rifle/shotgun stocks, Xbox controller shells. Hydrographics film offers a unique way of customising almost any item in a near infinite variety of designs and colour schemes.

Custom Paint Finishes – we can spray candy colours and custom finishes, simply ask when making your booking.

What materials
are suitable?

Films can be applied to all types of materials 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.

If you have a project you want us to look at or are interested in the process yourself give us a
call on 01904 652588
or send us a photo of the item for a quote.

The Hydrographics Process

Hydrographics (also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, hydro dipping or cubic printing) is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces.

Step 1 – Object Preparation

Your object is prepared for hydrographic printing in various stages. We ensure a smooth and well prepped surface which allows a clean application of print when the water transfer (hydrographic) process takes place.

Step 2 – Prime

Priming your object is important in order that the hydrographic film is applied correctly.

Step 3 – Base Coat

A base coat of colour will be applied to your object. Depending on your film / design of choice this base coat colour can compliment the final effect.

Step 4 – Dip

This is where the magic happens. Your object is “Dipped” in our specialist hydrographics tank which contains an “activating” chemical agent. This bonds the hydrographic film to your object.

Step 5 – Rinse

A good rinse ensures a smooth, clean finish to your printed object.

Step 6 – Clear Coat

We then apply a clear protective coat of lacquer which protects your object (and its newly hydrographic print design) against the elements. This ensures a long lasting and beautiful finish.

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