The Hydro Dipping Process

Hydro dipping brushed steel finish The hydro dipping process, also referred to as water transfer printing or hydrographics, is a method used to apply graphic designs onto the surface of a 3D substrate.

Following professional preparation of the component, a base coat is applied and the selected hydrographic patterned film is positioned on the surface of a tank of water.

An activator is then sprayed onto the film so that it partially dissolves meaning that the object can be expertly passed through the surface of the pattern until it is completely submerged into the water tank. Following the drying process a UV resistant lacquer is applied to meet the customers’ specification.

Complex shaped and large items up to 2.0m x 1.0m can be coated using our hydro dipping process. Larger items can also be coated by a method of masking and “double dipping”.

Call now on 0800 410 1339 to discuss your requirements or contact us for more information.

Humber dash undergoing the Hydro Dipping process

A handmade wooden dash from an early Humber vehicle, coated in clear flames hydrographics film over a red basecoat and finished in clear gloss lacquer.