What is hydrographic printing?
Also known as water transfer printing, immersion printing, hydro dipping, water transfer imaging, cubic printing, water marbling, Hydrographics.
A simple yet creative process of adding printed designs to 3-D surfaces.
What material can you Hydro dip?
Almost any material, Metal, Wood, Marble, ABS, PC, PP, PVC, PU, PE, TPU, EVA, PET, PBT, TPR, PPS, Kevlar fiber, Poly, Resin, Nylon, Silicone, Cement, Stone, Plastic, Glass, etc.
Irrespective of the material, you can hydro-dip it. Since hydrographic is an improved printing technology, it can be used for every object of any shape. The only difference is that for different products, you have to choose various primers.
What temperature is best for Hydro dipping?
Before hydro dipping, the items should be prepared while the suitable size of hydro graphics film should be cut. Start the process of dipping when the water temperature is between 25-30℃.
How durable is hydro dipping?
To protect the items, it is important to paint the surface with gloss paint.
This way the items undergoing the hydro dipping process become durable. Also, most of the parts hydro-dipped by us are placed directly under sun. The ink used by us for printing patterns is tested with the help of Xenon Arc testing after the development. This ensures that the coating retains integrity and color in prolonged sun exposure. Lastly, our coating is of automotive-grade which means that it can withstand nature and time.
How long does it take for hydro dipping?
The time taken for hydro dipping depends on the material that is being used.
It varies from one job to another.
Is Hydro dipping easy?
Hydro dipping is a very simple process. You just have to dip the object on the paint resting on the water’s surface.
It always results in producing psychedelic effects and no two dips will appear the same.
Can you Hydro dip twice?
Yes, you can do it but always do the double-dipping when the item is wet.
You can also dip twice if you want to merge multiple graphics.
Double-dipping always creates cool effects.
What is a hydro dipping tank?
Our Hydro dipping is more than just a water storage tank. It has CE certification that matches the European standards and acts as key equipment for the whole process of hydro dipping. The tank has a humanized structural design and superb welding process to ensure no water leakage for at least 5 years.
Our TSAUTOP® 8ft European Standard Hydrographic Tank is divided into two parts – dipping tank, and heating tank – to ensure enough dipping area. This guarantees fast heating.
The structural integrity of the tank lets it hold enough water.
Thanks to its thick stainless steel body, it offers high resistance to alkali, acid, salt and corrosion. Its temperature control system allows you to monitor the heating ability in real-time.
Furthermore, our hydro dipping tank has automatic washing the dirt and water recirculation system.
Due to its ability to control temperature, you will be able to save a lot of money on electricity bills.
Because once the temperature reaches the set number, the heating element stops, thus, saving energy and money.
Not only it is water-leakage proof but it is also equipped with wires that prevent electrical leakage.
What is automatic hydro dipping?
Hydro dipping is a process of creating euphoric designs on various objects. When this process is done with the help of an intelligent machine and in a continuous order, it is known as automatic hydro dipping.
The automatic hydro dip tank is equipped with a system of leaving the film automatically on water.
Further, it has an automatic activator sprayer and dipping. This means that the entire hydro dipping process is done quickly by an automatic hydro dip tank.
Majorly, it is used to hydro dip shoes, car parts, helmets, and various other standard objects. The best part of such an automatic machine is that it makes the procedure of dipping precise and results in a very high-quality yield, thereby, saving you the films and labor cost.
Is Hydro dipping environmentally friendly?
Yes, hydro dipping or the water transfer printing process is an environmentally friendly procedure.
However, depending on the place where the process is being conducted, you have to abide by the laws of the environmental protection agencies.
This dedication to follow the environmental laws depends on businesses doing hydro dipping. The different place has various laws as per Federal, State, and Municipal needs.
Further, the fact this entire process involves water defines how environment friendly it is. There are most paints and inks that are completely soluble in water shows why people it is the most preferred option as compared to the traditional printing methods.
How scratch resistant is the final product?
Since the hydro dipping final products require gloss paint for the final touch, the product becomes scratch resistant.
What type of spray booth do you recommend for an automatic hydro dip tank?
A downdraft or an enclosed cross draft industrial paint booth is highly recommended for applications where gloss or flat topcoats are used.
But in case of a specialized operation with only camouflage processes (dead flat topcoats), an open face spray booth will do the job.
How do I wash the dipped parts correctly?
To achieve optimal topcoat adhesion, it is very important to thoroughly wash after dipping. This is how you achieve overall product quality.
As compared to the pressure, the volume of water matters a lot. An automatic Water Transfer Printing wash station thoroughly washes every part in a 360-degree fashion. The minimum time to do the washing is at least 5 minutes.
Furthermore, before moving forward, make sure that all the excess ink and PVA is removed.