Hydro Dipping Tumblers for Beginners

Hydro dipping, also known as immersion printing, cubic printing, Hydrographics, is an innovative surface customization and modification technology that is developing rapidly. Through hydro dipping technology, patterns can be transferred to any three-dimensional object to achieve personalized effects. Compared with traditional painting methods, hydro dipping technology has the advantages of high color reproduction, clear pattern details, strong three-dimensional sense, environmental protection and pollution-free. It is very popular in the custom decoration market. It can be applied to objects of different industries and materials, such as water cups, glasses, kettles and other daily necessities, providing objects with unique charm.

This article will provide you with a detailed operation guide for Hydro Dipping Tumblers to help you master it faster and easier.

I. Preparation

1. Prepare the required materials:

Hydrographic Film, Activator, Hydro Dipping Equipment, Tumblers, Spray Gun, Primer, Topcoat.

hydro dipping kit

2. Pretreatment:

Whether the surface of the object is clean is crucial to the final effect of hydro dipping, so we list the following common operations for you:

⑴ Clean the surface of the Tumblers to ensure that there are no stains, dust and other impurities on the surface.

⑵ If there are defects on the surface, you need to use sandpaper to polish the surface of the Tumblers.

3. Choose a hydrographic film:

Choose a suitable pattern, which can be a camouflage pattern, laser pattern, carbon fiber pattern, wood grain pattern, etc. According to the size and shape of the Tumblers, cut the hydrographic film into a suitable size.

hydrographic film

hydrographic film

II. Hydro dipping operation steps

1. Spray primer: According to the effect of different patterns, choose a suitable primer color to increase the effect of the final transfer.

2. Lay the film: Lay the hydrographic film flat on the water and soak it for about 2 minutes (the water temperature is between 20-35 degrees). When placing the film, pay attention to distinguish the front and back sides, and do not put it upside down.

3. Spray the activator: Spray the activator evenly on the surface of the hydrographic film to ensure that the water transfer film is fully dissolved into the ink state.

4. Start the transfer: Slowly put the Tumblers in at a 45-degree angle, and cover the pattern on the Tumblers through water pressure.

5. Cleaning: Gently shake the transferred Tumblers in the water for a few times to remove the remaining floating film. After taking it out, rinse off the excess material on the surface of Tumblers with clean water.

6. Drying: Dry Tumblers or use oven to dry.

7. Spray topcoat: Apply bright paint on the surface of Tumblers to protect the surface and prevent the pattern from falling off.

III. Post-maintenance

It is recommended to use mild detergent for cleaning in daily use, and avoid being in a high temperature environment for a long time to prevent the pattern from fading, falling off, etc.

IV. Common problems and solutions

1. Pattern falling off:

This may be due to the surface of Tumblers not being cleaned.

Solution: Strengthen the pretreatment of the surface of the shaking cup to ensure that it is clean and oil-free.

2. Bubble generation:

It may be due to improper angles during the process or bubbles between the water transfer film and the water surface.

Solution: Keep moderate force and control the angle during the operation to avoid bubbles.

V. Conclusion

If you like DIY and want a unique style, hydro dipping is very suitable for you. Through the above process introduction, I believe you have mastered some of it. Go and complete your first work.

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