What is Hydrographic Water Transfer Printing?


Hydrographic Printing, also know as Water Transfer Printing, allows patterns and designs to be applied to irregularly shaped objects. 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 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.



The Liquid Print Water Transfer Process is easy to learn, and the results are outstanding. Here's how the Hydrographic Process works:




Choose an image or pattern from our library of hundreds of water printing films. We carry images related to Hunting, Camouflage, Automotive, Animal Prints, Metal, Stone and Marble, and Royalty Designs.


In most cases, a base color coat is applied to the objects which are being processed. For instance, wood grain designs often look better with a brown shade base coat; metallic prints benefit from a silver or grey coat. We provide a wide color variety of water based paints, which are ideal for Hydrographic printing. Part of the versatility comes in choosing the desired base coat. Patterns will appear radically different depending on the underlying base coat applied.


The Hydrographic film is carefully placed on the water's surface in the dipping tank. The clear film is water soluble, and dissolves, leaving only the pattern floating on the water. Surface tension will allow the pattern to curve around any shaped surface.


Any remaining residue is then rinsed off thoroughly. The ink has already adhered and will not wash off. It is then allowed to dry.


After a close quality control inspection, the printed objects can be clear coated to protect the surface, and to provide a shiny appearance.



Click to see a video of a Fully Automatic Printing System during the Water Transfer Printing Process.


Click to see a product in the different stages of the Hydrographic Printing Process.



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