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TSAUTOP® Hydrographics is a professional hydro dipping manufacturer with 14 years of experience. We mainly provide hydro dipping supplies, such as hydro dipping equipment, hydro dipping printers, and various patterned hydrographic water transfer printing films. We also offer hydro dipping services and hydrographics training. TSAUTOP updates its hydrographic film patterns every month. Moreover, TSAUTOP is committed to helping more and more water transfer enthusiasts establish and grow their own businesses.

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Hydro Dip Equipment​

TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies offers a range of hydro dipping machines, hydro dip tanks, automatic graphic arms, and flowing machines for hydrographic dip print film. We provide hydro dipping for various items such as bikes, cups, ceramics, shoes, cell phones, and guns.

Hydro Diping Service

TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies provides customized hydrographic services. For small quantities, you can send us your design image, and we will print it using our printer. For larger quantities, we can create a model for mass production. Don't hesitate to contact us for more information!

Hydro Dip Printer​

The Hydro Dipping Printer is used for creating small quantities of customized hydrographic film. You can print your own designs onto hydrographic blank film, also known as water transfer printing blank paper. Once you spray Activator A onto the printed hydro dipping blank film, it becomes a water transfer printing film. The printed hydrographic film with Activator A can then be transferred onto objects just like real transfer printing film.

Hydro Diping kits

TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies offers Activator A/B, various sizes and shapes of ABS speed shapes, hood shapes for hydrographics, blank hydrographic film, hydro dip blank film ink, spray guns, air pumps, and melaleuca mats for placing hydrographic items.

Hydrographics Film​

Hydrographics film helps our customers print various patterns on items using water and Activator B. This advanced printing technology can print patterns on items with complicated shapes.

Hydro dip Training

TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies is committed to continuous research and development in hydrographic machines. Therefore, we offer training services to ensure our customers can operate hydro dip equipment correctly.

How Can TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies Benefit You?

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20000+ Hydro Dip Films

TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies offers over 20,000 hydro dip film patterns for you to choose from, with 30+ new designs launched every month. Additionally, TSAUTOP Hydrographics can develop any brand design under its authority.

Hydrographics Film Printing machine
Advanced Printing Machine

TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies employs a cutting-edge 10-color gravure printing machine to produce hydro dipping films in widths of 0.5m and 1m. This technology excels at crafting intricate camouflage patterns

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Complete Equipment Solutions

TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies offers a selection of hydro dipping equipment to precisely meet diverse business requirements. Whatever specific needs your projects demand, we are committed to providing the ideal solution for you

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Professional Service

TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies has a professional team to assist with hydro dipping film usage, equipment installation and operation, as well as guidance on activator formulas and combinations for your projects.

Hydro dipping is A Popular Trend For Customization

Hydro dipping is a trend you may have already heard of or even experienced firsthand. Perhaps your cups or phone case have undergone hydro dipping. The internet is flooded with videos showcasing people transforming ordinary items into extraordinary ones. But why, you may wonder, is it becoming so popular?

Excellent Dipping Effect:

Hydro dipping creates captivating visual effects!

A wide array of items, from plain white sneakers and tees to Xbox controllers and bicycle seats, can undergo a stunning transformation through hydro dipping. Hydro dipping results in swirling, psychedelic patterns that look sometimes like shimmering galaxies or watercolor paintings.

Small Budget for Start: 

The equipment needed for hydrographic dipping is quite straightforward. The essential components include hydrographic film, activator B, and paint.

It’s a unique and highly individual way of customizing your wardrobe and accessories or bringing a little “pop” to any household item. People have even begun to do it themselves at home and the hydro dipping community is getting more creative than ever.

Hydro Dip Video On the Web:

Not to mention the now countless YouTube videos. This is not the most obvious reason for hydro dipping’s new popularity, but it’s certainly a big factor in it. Many have found relaxation and fascination in watching hydro dipping videos. And in these troubled times, we all need to relax sometimes.

Hydro Dipping Supplies In Our Daily Life:

Hydro dipping is increasingly popular, with hydro dipped products becoming commonplace in daily life, Hydro dipped rims, cups, boxes, toys, and phone cases are just a few examples of the hydro dipping products you might encounter in everyday life.

Perfect Hydro Dip Projects

Hydro dipping supplies can be applied to various products made from different materials. Common materials include plastic, metal, glass, and ceramic, all of which can be dipped using hydrographic film. Below are some examples of hydro dipping projects:

wooden grain hydro dipping comb

Plastic Comb Wood Grain Hydro Dipping

water transfer printing crafts

Ceramic Water Transfer Printing Crafts

hydro dipping bike frame

Metal Bike Frame Camo Hydro Dipping

hydro dip cups

Stainless Steel Flower Hydro Dipping Cups

hydro dipped models

Mix Material Hydro Dipping Clothing Models

Sticker bomb hydro dipping hard hats

Composite Material Helmet Hydro Dipping

hydro dipping bottle

Glass Bottle Drops Pattern Hydro Dipping

Hydro dipped slipper

PVC slipper or EVA Slipper Flower Hydro dipping 

hydro dipping cosmetic ball

ABS Makeup Bottle Hydro Dipping

hydro dipping sneakers

PU Material Shoes Hydro Dipping

diy painted phone case

Silica Gel Phone Case Camo Hydro Dipping

Military gun Camo Hydro Dip Film12330

ABS Gun Camo Hydro dipping 


carbon fiber hydrographic dipping film TSTH104

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TSAUTOP Hydro Dipping Supplies Guide to Water Transfer Printing

Are you intrigued by water transfer printing but feeling overwhelmed about where to begin? Fortunately, we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide to walk you through WTP, from A to Z. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s dive in!

TSAUTOP® Hydrographics is a one-stop water transfer printing solutions and technology company.

We are committed to promoting the water transfer printing industry globally.

We achieve this by being a leading manufacturer of equipment to build your own business, providing training, and producing high-quality prints.

We have solutions for any and all of your printing needs, including assistance in integrating water transfer printing into your own business as an OEM.

Water transfer printing, also known as hydro dipping, is a popular and professional way to add design and graphical interest to your product.

It involves preparing an item with a primer and a base coat, then dipping it into a water-soluble film in water with an activator.

This method allows the print to smoothly cover all the angles, nooks, and crannies of any object smoothly producing an excellent print.

Provided the material is not excessively porous, any material can be used.

Everything from ABS,PP,PVC, PE, Acrylic(PMMA), PS plastic, to metal, wood, stone, and even glass.

Water transfer printing is extremely durable after gloss paint on the surface, resistant to scratching, chipping, and fading.

With the best quality prints, the print will last as long as the item it is printed on.

This doesn’t mean the print must be permanent though.

If you decided you wanted it changed, it would always be a simple matter of just painting over it.

A great advantage of this method of printing.

Whatever is required, especially items which have an unusual shape that would make them difficult to print on by other methods.

On the internet, you can easily find people hydro dipping all kinds of items.

These stunning crocs, this incredible mopedcar parts, and even rifles

Yes! Water transfer printing can definitely be done at home.

All that would be required are the films, activators, paints and primers for the basecoat, and a large tank to perform the dipping.

If you don’t have budget for the hydro dip tank, you can use other container to replace it and keep the water as 28-35 degrees when you dipping.

There are many advantages to printing using the hydro dipping method.

Can be used on almost any material

Firstly, you have a great option of materials that can be printed upon and the only limit is what you can imagine.

Water transfer printing produces a very clean, precise and sharp image on any material that you might use.

Greater designs to choose:

 Compared to other methods of printing such as powder printing, there is a much greater array of possible designs that can be printed.

Can dip the difficult shaped item:

Water transfer printing can also be used on objects of more unusual or difficult shape as the pattern will always neatly adhere even in the hard-to-reach places.

Easy to start hydro dipping by TSAUTOP:

Due to the help provided by TSAUTOP and their printing training, hydro dipping is also something that you, as an OEM, could incorporate into your own business.

Of course, there are a couple of downsides with water transfer printing which it is important to mention.

People often find that compared with the price of powder printing, water transfer printing can be somewhat more expensive.

It is worth remembering, however, that the water transfer method offers a far greater range of options than powder, often produces a better-quality print, and has more availability for customization.

In fact, in the longer term, especially as a business, it makes more sense to invest in water transfer printing as your larger range of higher quality items will easily make up the money.

The second downside you might hear about is the problem of “distorted” prints.

This is really something which only affects new starters or those without the necessary equipment.

To tackle this issue, you could easily invest in an effective hydro dipping training  and some high-end equipment.

For example, a machine such as Tsuatop fully automatic hydrographic equipment fully automates the entire process from start to finish, requires only a single-employee to operate, and will consistently produce perfect prints.

This is largely thanks to the stable robotic dipping arm and the precise control the machine has over the temperature of the dipping tank water.

The activator could be described as the secret ingredient.

The activator is applied onto the film as it floats on the water, it then dissolves the film-forming it into a liquid and preparing it for the item to be dipped.

To start your own journey into WTP, follow these steps to get yourself started and delve into the world of hydro dipping.

  1. Introduction

The first place to begin is to know what to do.

By reading this guide you are making a good start and more articles can be found on TSAUTOP®’s blog to walk you through every step.

  1. Training in water transfer printing

Once you have read all the information you need, it’s time to get started.

As with anything requiring solutions and machinery, safety comes first.

To ensure your safety while making your prints, it would be best to look into a robust training course.

This is something that could be booked for a group or even a single employee if you are looking for a specialist for your business.

  1. Equipment

With your knowledge in mind and your training complete, it’s time to organize some equipment.

Here is a quick rundown of everything you would need to get yourself going.

  1. Sandpaper

The sandpaper is used to prepare your item for dipping.

Ideally, you want a range of sandpapers, probably starting from medium (80 – 120 grits) and going up towards the very fine (220 – 240) or even extra fine (280 – 320).

Which grade you use really depends on your item and its material


  1. A paint spray gun

Your spray gun will be used to apply your primer and basecoat.

It’s important to clean it well between uses, especially when switching paint types or colors.

  1. A dipping tank

This is what you will use to dip your object into the film with the activator.

Depending on your requirements there are many to choose from, some much simpler than others, so it’s important to research tanks well.

You can find a wide range with detailed hydro dip equipment specifications for any kind of hydro dipping job.

  1. Drying system

The kind of drying system you use again is dependent on your own specific job requirements.

Sometimes it really can be as simple as allowing your prints to dry naturally in the air or sun, but of course, there are more technical options available.

For larger orders, it is a necessity to find a powerful and controlled drying machine that will allow you to maximize both quality and efficiency.

TSAUTOP’s drying line is such a machine, specialized for all necessary drying requirements.

  1. A washing system

After dipping, the excess film will be clinging to the item and so it must be immediately washed.

Although this is something that can be done on a smaller scale, a true rinsing machine can guarantee no unnecessary water loss and a clean wash.


  1. Support

Your relationship with TSAUTOP does not simply end with training and equipment, in fact, they continue to support you throughout the process.

TSAUTOP is committed to promoting the water transfer industry and in helping you to grow your business and will be on hand for whatever you may require

Customization is perhaps the biggest selling point of water transfer printing and its main advantage over other printing methods.

You may be asking, is it possible to use my own designs for water transfer printing?

Yes, it is certainly possible.

In fact, a leading hydrographic business will be able to work with you to design and produce your own patterns.

This is just one of the services that TSAUTOP can provide for you.

After having helped you produce your design, TSAUTOP will then send you a free hydro dip film sample within two weeks so that you can get a feel for the end result.

Besides this, TSAUTOP offers a vast range of their own designs which are suitable for many different usages.

One of the effects that really draws people into using water transfer printing is its ability to create very natural and organic-looking prints.

For example, take a look at these wood grain hydrographic film.

Cartoon and cell-shaded type patterns are in great demand and have a wide range of usages such as this sample collage below.

By this point, you are no doubt curious as to how the process of water transfer printing actually works.

Here is our step-by-step that will provide you with an overview of how these prints are done.

  1. Preparing the item for printing

Firstly, the item needs to be made ready for the process to begin.

Objects will often have imperfections, sometimes rather large, that could compromise the quality of the end result.

The sandpaper will be used to remove these imperfections, as well as to provide a better surface for the primer and base coating to cling too.

It’s important to wash the item well too to remove grime, dust, and oil which would also affect the print quality.


  1. Primer and base coating

To apply the primer and base coating to the best possible standard, you should set your spray gun so that the paint emerges as a fine mist.

The primer should be applied lightly, allowed to dry, and then applied in two subsequent heavier coats.

Between each application, you must allow the item around 10 minutes to dry, though depending on conditions this could be much longer.

Repeat these steps for the base coating.

The color you choose for the base coating is according to the pattern you have chosen.

Remember that any transparent parts on the film pattern will be filled in by the base coat.


  1. First drying

Once you are done with the base coating, the item should be allowed to dry well.

This is where it would be wise to invest in a drying line such as Tsautop automatic hydro dip equipment dry line, where you can easily control the drying time of the item and would be helpful with larger batches.


  1. Preparation of the dipping tank and dipping

The dipping tank must be heated before the item is dipped.

This can take a while depending on the volume of the tank, though again many automated models allow you full and precise control over this and maintain a systematic temperature.

When the right temperature is achieved, the film must have lain upon the surface of the water.

A common question is, which side of the film goes face-down in the water?

When you press the film between your fingers, you will notice that one side is slightly tacky.

It’s this tacky, sticky side that you want to place face-down in the water.

Allow the film some resting time in which you will see it starts to expand and the film will become one with the water.

After a short wait, the activator must be applied with a spray gun in an even layer over the entire film.

You must wait again for the activator to work correctly.

Most printing issues are caused by incorrectly applied activators or by not allowing it sufficient time to work.

When you see that the film has started to act like the surface of the water itself, then you are ready to dip.

This is the most satisfying part of the process and the part that will make you fall in love with hydro dipping.

There are many videos that demonstrate the dipping process.

Hydro dipping videos that captures it very well.

  1. Post-dipping wash

The ink will have adhered and bonded directly with the object during the dipping process however some film will remain on the object.

The item should be washed thoroughly to remove any remaining WTP film.

Don’t worry, the ink will not wash off.


  1. Second drying

Now the item must be dried again which will begin the process of sealing the print fully.

Depending on the porousness or size of the object, drying times can vary.

Ideally, you would be able to use a quality piece of drying equipment to ensure the pattern is as good as possible.


  1. Final coating for protection

Finally, a top coating should be provided to protect the finished pattern and ensure the longevity of your new print.

This top coating can be matte or glossy as you prefer and should be applied much in the same way as the primer was in the beginning.

After allowing the coating to dry, your water transfer print is complete.

Hopefully this guide has answered all of your questions about water transfer printing and provided you with a good understanding of how it is performed.

TSAUTOP is a leading one-stop solution manufacturer and supplier for all things related to the industry.

They have a commitment to quality and to promoting the water transfer business both at home and abroad, providing support for all their clients.

Any questions or queries you may have, they are on hand to answer and provide you with everything from technical support to additional training.

In this way, they ensure a profitable relationship as you grow and expand your own business through the medium of water transfer printing.

Water transfer printing is a growing industry.

A quick look at Google Trends is enough to show that interest in water transfer printing is rising at a dramatic rate in recent years.

As your business grows, integrating water transfer printing will be a good move for the years to come.

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