What Materials Can Be Hydro Dipped? What Cannot?

Hydrographics, also known as water transfer or hydro-immersion, is a decorative technique that applies printed designs to a variety of surfaces. It is widely used to decorate car parts, helmets, firearms, electronics, and various other items. Some customers who are new to water transfer printing will ask: Which materials can be hydro dipping and which materials cannot be used?

Choosing the right materials is critical to the success of your flood. Today, come and learn with us,

Ps: Before knowing which materials can be water-soaked, if you don’t know enough about water-soaking, you can check out the Hydrographic Water Transfer Printing Guide.

Importance Of Choosing The Right Materials

Choosing the right material is crucial to the success of water immersion. Choosing the right material can give the items after water immersion a better appearance and other functions (such as protecting the surface of the item, extending the service life of the item, etc.). Here’s how important it is to choose the right materials:

1. Surface Treatment: Some materials require special treatment before being immersed in water, such as polishing and priming. This is mainly to achieve better adhesion between the film and the object and prevent peeling problems later.

2. Durability: Different materials have different durability of items after water immersion. For example, choosing water-resistant materials can avoid moisture infiltration or damage during the water transfer process.

3. Chemical Adaptability: In the water transfer process, activators and other chemicals will be used, so it is important to choose materials that are compatible with chemical properties. Suitable materials can prevent undesirable situations (such as patterns) from occurring during the transfer process. discoloration, poor adhesion).

4. Temperature Resistance: Some materials may be more resistant to high and low temperatures and environmental factors than others. In addition, water transfer printing needs to be operated at a temperature of 25-30 degrees, so the temperature resistance of the material is also crucial. The right materials can ensure that items perform optimally over time in a variety of environments.

Understanding Hydro Dipping Materials

Although most materials are suitable for water transfer printing, some materials are not suitable for water transfer printing.

1. What Materials Are Suitable For Hydro Dipping?


The metal material has a smooth surface and is not easily damaged. Metallic materials can be hydrologically treated by covering the surface with a suitable primer. It is widely used in auto parts products and household products, including many products with metal materials.


The surface of plastic materials is smooth and has great plasticity, and it can transfer clear patterns on the surface of items. Widely used in toys, electronic products, and other industries.


During the water transfer printing process, the water temperature needs to be controlled at a certain temperature. Ceramic materials are resistant to high temperatures, so they are very suitable for hydro dipping. Usually found in tableware, ceramic tiles, and other products.


The rubber material is relatively soft and is also suitable for water transfer printing. Rubber handles and rubber toys can be decorated with this technology.


Wood is also suitable, although it is a porous and absorbent material, it is fixed in shape and can be water transferred as long as the surface is covered with primer.

In addition to the ones listed above, many materials can be used for hydro dipping. The following product examples demonstrate the versatility of water transfer printing on a variety of materials and applications. From auto parts to personal item decoration, each product has been recognized by customers and highlights the appeal of water transfer printing technology.

2. What Materials Are NOT Suitable For Hydro Dipping?

Some water-absorbent materials are not suitable for water transfer printing. For example, materials with high porosity such as paper and fabric cannot be used for water transfer printing.


In summary, the hydro-immersion process can be used if the item can be immersed in water and can be painted using traditional techniques.

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