Throughout recent years, water transfer printing has grown in popularity. People are using this process to cover their belongings with a personalized, weatherproof coating. However, this method can be confusing to some – which leads to rumors and misconceptions about water transfer printing. Luckily, we’re quite the experts on the subject and are here to clear things up!
What is water transfer printing?
For those who are just hearing about water transfer printing – let us explain. Water transfer printing is also known as hydro-graphics, immersion printing, camo-dipping, or cubic printing. It is a surface decorating process where graphics and patterns can be applied to a 3D product surface.
A polyvinyl alcoholic film is placed on the surface of the water in a large tank; the product is dipped into the water slowly, and the film adheres to the surface of the product. After being removed from the container, the now-coated product is wiped down, sprayed with a durable clear coat, and left to dry.
What are people saying about hydro-dipping?
It’s not durable.
False! The use of hydro-graphics is to protect your belongings from rust, exposure, and everyday wear. This coating acts as a barrier between your possessions and the elements. However, the durability of your coating is only as good as the clear coat. The applied film can be scratched or scraped. The final clear coat stops the film, and ultimately your item, from being damaged.
You can do it yourself.
Not false – but not recommended. There are DIY water transfer printing kits and tutorials, but it’s best to have it done by the experts. Professionals know the right techniques for dipping, spraying, and drying. It’s crucial to leave it to the professionals, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your gun, motorcycle, car, or whatever you choose to have hydro-dipped.
It can withstand high temperatures.
Unfortunately, this is false. Because of its chemical makeup, it is not recommended to apply the polyvinyl film to objects that will face high temperatures, i.e., the barrel of a gun or car exhaust pipe. However, there are coating alternatives for those wishing to have these types of surfaces covered. Cerakote H-Series or High Temp Firearm coatings can be used to paint products that will reach extremely high temperatures.
There aren’t many color options.
False! This is one of the most absurd rumors spread about water transfer printing because it’s absolutely not true. There are thousands of available colors, patterns, and graphics available for those wanting to have an item hydro-dipped. Animal prints, camouflage, wood grain, carbon fiber, geometrical designs, and much, much more.
It’s too expensive.
Another fallacy! Depending on where you get to choose to have this service done, you may pay too much. However, Tactical Graphics has some of the best prices on the market.
Whatever your questions may be about water transfer printing, the associates at Tactical Graphics can assist! We’ve got all the answers – just give us a call!