What is hydrographics

Hydrographics: Novel and versatile surface decoration technology

Hydrographics , also known as hydro dipping, water transfer printing, water transfer, hydrographic printing, immersion printing, hydro printing, aqua print, hydrographic dipping, water dipping, or cubic printing, is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces with liquid and some chemicals.

Application of Hydrographic Process:

The hydrographic process can be used on metal, plastic (PVC, PP, PE, PET, ABS, ACRYLIC, and so on), ceramics, fiberglass, glass, rubber, hardwoods,

The Hydrographics dipping process is extensively used to decorate items that range from entire all-terrain vehicles and car dashboards to small items like bike helmets or other automotive trim.

Hydro dipping films can be applied to all 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 hydro dipping process can be used.

In the process, the substrate piece to be printed first goes through the entire painting process: surface preparation, primer coating, First Drying, Hydro Dipping, Washing(Rinsing), second drying, and top coating(clear or matte), last drying.

After painting but before top coating, the part is ready to be processed. A (polyvinyl alcohol) PVA hydrographic film, which has been gravure-printed with the graphics image to be transferred, is carefully placed on the water’s surface in the hydro dipping tank.

The clear film is water-soluble and dissolves after spraying the hydro dip activator. Once hydro dipping is begun, the surface tension of the water will allow the pattern to curve around any shape.

Any remaining residue is then rinsed off thoroughly by a rinsing station or hydrographics rinse tank. The ink has already adhered and will not wash off. It is then allowed to dry.

Quality Factors in Hydrographics Dipping:

The quality of hydrographics dipping depends on many factors, such as high-quality clear PVA film, ink, the printing plate, base coating, top coating, clean surface, hydro dipping skills and method, hydrographic activator, and good quality hydrographics tank with heater and water recycling.

Quality Hydrographics Film:

TSAUTOP Hydrographics film is made by the high-quality PVA film imported from Japan, a thickness of 35-40μ, high-quality quality durable, and consistent ink with UV resistance, printed by 8 colors gravure printing machinery, High definition pattern.

TSAUTOP has the most popular hydro dipping patterns in stock, such as the skull, flame, carbon fiber, camouflage, cartoon, wood grain, stone, metal, abstract, and flower.

Customization and Options:

All types of water transfer printing film have more than 20,000 patterns including all China hydro dipping patterns, we also are authorized by Liquid image, so you can get all Liquid Image hydro dipping patterns from TSAUTOP.

If you need some authorized patterns of American brands, such as kryptek , muddy girl, real tree, true timber camo, you can contact TWN Industries and dippros.com. If so, you can do hydro dipping without copyright risk.

In these patterns, carbon fiber hydro dip, camo dipping, hydro dipping skull patterns, flame dip film, wood grain hydro dip, Hunting Camo Hydro Dip Film, Animal Print Hydrographic Film are welcomed by hydro dipping man. Furthermore, TSAUTOP develops 30 new hydro dip designs per month and can customize your hydro dipping patterns in 7-10 days.

Besides TSAUTOP can supply various sizes (A3, A4,0.4,0.64M,1M,1.27M) of blank hydrographic film for the inkjet printer, you can use this printable hydrographic film for printing your hydrographic designs.

Activator Importance:

As we know, the hydrographics film has many types, so the activator is not changeless.

TSAUTOP can supply hydrographic activator sample for DIY hydro dipping and water transfer printing activator formula for starting hydro dipping. We can guide all customers to compound hydrographic activators.

The adhesion is a result of the chemical components of the activator softening the base coat layer and allowing the ink to form a bond with it.

One of the most common causes of a failure to achieve adhesion between the two layers is a poorly applied activator. This can be either too much activator being applied or too little. Quality activator is one of the most important elements in producing high-quality, professional hydrographic printing.

So hydrographics is a magic printing technology that is applied for customized design, personalized products, car tuning and styling, furniture decal, cosmetic packing, building materials, shoes, fashion articles, and so on.


Hydrographics has more and more reference fields, so it has broad market prospects. TSAUTOP hydrographics will support you to make more money from hydro dipping business.   Please contact TSAUTOP freely.

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