WHAT IS HYDROGRAPHICS?
Hydrographics also called water transfer imaging, or water transfer printing, is the process of applying decorative finished to 3D products. Any hard surface, non-porous and that can be submersed in water can be decorated. Another good rule of thumb is if you can get paint to stick to the object most likely you can decorate it with this process. Examples of such materials are: plastic, glass, hardwoods, fiberglass, ceramics, and metal.
How does the Water Transfer Imaging Process Work?
First the product must be prepared for the process, this includes sanding, media blasting priming and painting. Next the products are decorated using a print, which resides on a thin base of water-soluble film. The printed film is placed on the surface of the water, and the base begins to dissolve. A patented activator chemical is sprayed over the film causing the ink to remain floating in an oil-like state on top of the water. Next the properly prepared part is immersed into the water, and the upward pressure of the water causes the ink to wrap around and adhere to the item. After the entire item has been immersed, it is removed from the water, cleaned and then coated with a clear coat.
WE STOCK MANY HYDROGRAPHICS FILMS. BUT OF THE MANY THOUSANDS WE CAN NOT STOCK THEM ALL. THE FOLLOWING LINKS ARE A FEW OF THE DISTRIBUTORS THAT WE OFTEN USE.
SEARCH THREW THEIR SITES AND NOTE THE NAME AND NUMBER OF THE FILM YOU WOULD LIKE FOR YOUR PROJECT.