What is Hydrographics?
Hydrographics is also referred to as Immersion Printing, Water Transfer Printing, and Hydro Dipping. A dissolvable-printed film is floated on a tank filled with water. The image from the film is transferred to the part as it is dipped into the tank.
Complete 360° Coverage
Hydrographic finishing provides complete 360° coverage over corners and in the crevasses of the most difficult three-dimensional parts.
What Can Be Dipped?
Hydrographics can be applied to many types of substrates including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water and can be painted using traditional techniques, then the hydrographic printing process can be used.
Types of Parts:
The water transfer printing process is extensively used to decorate items that range from entire all-terrain vehicles and car dashboards, to small items like bike helmets or automotive trim. It can also be used on appliances, personal care products and most anything that needs a special look.
- ATV Fenders, Hoods, and other Interior/Exterior Trim Components
- Plastic and metal parts in the Powersports industry are frequently dipped in camo and brushed metal patterns
- Wiper Motors
- Even a piece as intricate as an electric wiper motor can have a detailed pattern added to it, like this motor
- Seat Cover Vinyl
- Dipping vinyl for seat covers can be a great way to add style to a seat like Bostrom’s Duck Commander Seat
- Refrigerator Drawers
- Washer and Dryer Panels
- Baseball Mitt
- Even soft goods like a baseball glove can have a pattern applied to it
- Cell Phone Cases
- Steering Wheels
- Personal Care Products – Razors, Hair Dryers & More
- Accent Panels for Automotive and Heavy Truck Interior & Exterior Trim
- Lawn Mowers
- Floor Tiles
- Game Controllers
- See more examples here