Hydrographics or HydroGraphics, also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, or cubic printing, is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces. The hydrographic process can be used on metal, plastic, glass, hard woods, and various other materials. Also known as “hydro dipping”.
In the process, the substrate piece to be printed is pre-treated and a base coat material is applied. A polyvinyl alcohol film is gravure-printed with the graphic image to be transferred, and is then floated on the surface of a vat of water. An activator chemical is sprayed on the film to dissolve it into a liquid and activate a bonding agent. The piece is then lowered into the vat, through the floating ink layer, which wraps around and adheres to it.
After removing the piece from the water, a top coat is applied to protect the design. With multiple dippings, hydrographics printing can achieve full 360° coverage of the part surface, including small crevices.
Smith Outfitters, LLC is proud to use another small business to help assist our customers with the offering of this service. We use RMJ Customs out of Richmond, OH. Owner is Rich Purks an artist and skilled coater. Check out some of the projects that have come through my shop and some that he has done for his clients.
TWN Gallery App
This app is a convenient way for processors to view our collection of water transfer printing films, along with pertinent technical information for each of the patterns. The app is available for both Android and Apple below:
See our film selections on watertransferprinting.com to make your items stand out.
Stainless Tumbler – Starting at $40
Euromount – Starting at $75Stainless Tumbler – Starting at $40
Shotgun Stock – Starting at $75
Compact Pistol – Starting at $125
Small Rifle Stock – Starting at $125
Shotgun Stock and Foreend – Starting at $125
Large Rifle Stock – Starting at $150
Mid-sized Pistols – Starting at $150
Automotive Rims – Starting at $150
Full-sized Pistols – Starting at $200
Rifle – Complete Firearm – Starting at $200
Shotgun – Complete Firearm – Starting at $200
Car parts, motorcycle parts and other items will be based on a $0.50/square inch estimate
Airbrush artwork will be an additional cost – Call for pricing (740-632-4900)
Disassembly/Reassembly is an additional $25
Note: depending on how many items you are getting coated the prices may vary, contact us for a better price quote