How to Hydro Dip Shoes?

Do you want a unique pair of shoes? Do you feel your shoes are always the same and not fashionable enough? Personalization has become a trend in the current global market, and hydro dip technology provides more options for this market. It can transfer patterns to various materials, including leather, plastic, etc. This article will introduce how to use hydro dip to create a pair of shoes just for you.


Before you start, you need to prepare the following materials:

Water Transfer Printing Process

1. Clean the surface of the object to ensure that there are no contaminants on the surface.

2. Spray the corresponding color of primer on the surface of the shoes to ensure that the pattern can better adhere to the shoes.

3. Cut a hydrographic film of appropriate size and lay the film flat in a hydrographic device with a water temperature of 20-35 degrees.

4. Spray appropriate activator to fully dissolve the film.

5. Immerse the shoes in the water at a 45-degree angle. The water pressure will make the pattern cover the surface of the shoes without bubbles.

6. Rinse excess residue on the surface of the shoes and dry thoroughly.

7. Spray topcoat to protect the pattern on the surface of the shoe and make it look like new for a long time.

Frequently Asked Questions and Solutions

During the operation, you may encounter some common problems, such as the pattern being blurry or unclear, the pattern not adhering or adhering unevenly, there are bubbles in the pattern after transfer, etc. So how do we solve these problems? Here are some common problems and solutions:

1. The pattern is blurry or unclear:

Possible causes of the problem: inappropriate water temperature, insufficient activator, hydrographic film quality issues, etc.
Solution: 1. Make sure the water temperature is controlled between 20-35 degrees Celsius; 2. Increase the amount of activator; 3. Use high-quality hydrographic patterns.

2. The pattern does not adhere or adhere unevenly:

Possible causes of the problem: The surface of the object is not clean, the activator is sprayed unevenly, the water temperature is too high or too low, etc.
Solution: 1. Keep the surface of the object clean; 2. Spray activator evenly; 3. Control the water temperature.

3. There are bubbles or pores in the pattern after transfer:

Possible causes of the problem: uneven spraying of activator, uneven surface of items, too high water temperature, etc.
Solution: 1. Spray the activator evenly; 2. Use sandpaper to polish items with rough surfaces in advance; 3. Control the water temperature to avoid bubbles or pores.

How to Care for Transferred Shoes

1. Avoid humid environments: Try to avoid prolonged exposure to humid environments.
2. Regular cleaning: Use a clean cloth to gently wipe the surface of the shoes and avoid using strong detergents.


Hydro dip technology provides a new avenue for customized products. Water transfer printing can show your style and personality on shoes. Get started on your hydro dip shoe project with this guide.

If you encounter problems during the water transfer printing process, please contact us in time


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