Water Transfer Printing or Hydrographics (commonly known as hydro dipping, hydro imaging, fluid imaging, hydrograghic printing) is a 3D decorating process. Graphics such as carbon fibre, wood grain, camouflage or geometrical patterns are applied to decorate the items.
The Hydrographics process is used worldwide to decorate items that vary from aircraft interiors to very small items like cell phone cases.
Films can be applied to all kind of materials including plastic, wood, fibreglass, metal, and ceramics. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water, then the water transfer printing process can be applied.
This process utilises a water-soluble film that contains the printed designs. Once an Activator has been applied, the film dissolves and leaves the ink on the surface of the water.
The process requires a good preparation; the item to be decorated is first coated with a primer. After the primer dries, a base coat paint is applied to match with the pattern. So, for for example, wood grain prints often utilise a brown base-coat and many camouflage patterns use a specific colour base.
After the base colour is applied, the item is ready for the water transfer printing process. As previously mentioned, an Activator (EM014) is used to activate the film. Now, the item can be immersed into the water and the ink wraps around it. It is then washed and protected with a clear topcoat.
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