There are multiple types of printing techniques, and one that stands out the most would be hydrographic printing. In this printing process, a type of specialized paint will be mixed with water, and the material that will be painted or printed should be dipped inside the water. With proper preparation, the technique can be perfected, and it will result in a beautifully glazed creation. There are several steps that someone needs to take when performing this process, and it should be followed carefully to produce great results.
The Basic Steps in Hydrographic Printing
The steps needed in hydrographic printing is simple and easy to do. The first thing that you should do if you wanted to do hydrographic printing is to clean the cloth and the gloves that will be used. Make sure that the working is also clean to prevent any dirt from mixing with the item. Wearing the gloves would also minimize contamination. Then, the material that will be mixed into the paint should be primed. It is important to prime the materials to make sure that the paint will stick. Those who did not prime the material that they wanted to coat in paint noticed that the paint can be easily wiped off, and it does not stick. To prevent it, buy the best primer in a hobby store and apply it beforehand.
The next thing that you should do is to apply the base coast. It will serve as the base color of the material, and it can affect how it will look like in the end. Make sure to choose the best base color, and it should also compliment the color of the pattern. Then, the film placement process would take place. Before applying the film to the material that was coated, make sure that it will be placed first on the water surface that is around 89 to 100 degrees in temperature. There should be no air trapped in the surface to allow for a perfect output.
The next step would involve film hydration, and it will allow the PVA and the liner that will be used for the process to dissolve in water. Once it gets contact with the water, it will activate the coat. You need to wait for the process to be completed. The next step would be dipping the material into the film, and wait for a few seconds before turning it on the other side. Once the dipping process is completed, rinse the material and eliminate any excess film that has remained.
The final steps would involve drying the material and clear coating it. You can use convection heating to dry the coated material. Air drying would also work perfectly. After the material dried out, apply the clear coat, and you will notice a great effect on the color that was applied to the material. Store the film in a proper place after using it, make sure that the temperature is not too hot because it might be destroyed.
Three Surprising Uses of Hydrographic Dipping
Hydrographic dipping is used in a variety of ways, but it has three surprising uses that are unknown to most people. The first thing would be applying the hydrographic dipping to paint the vehicles. Car maintenance shops are now using hydrographic dipping to paint vehicles, and it can be a tough job. Others are trying to break the car into smaller parts, and then dipping these parts to the film with the coating. This can be effective when trying to repaint the wheels and the steering wheel. The end result shows a beautiful abstract pattern on the vehicle part that was dipped.
Aside from using hydrographic dipping for vehicles, hobbyists are also using the technique to paint smaller objects, like bike helmets. The hydrographic dipping technique would make the bike helmet more attractive, and it will show a wavy pattern that glows and shines.
Finally, the hydrographic dipping technique can be used for the casing of gadgets and other devices that are used in gaming. This will make the item more attractive, and it is very easy to do. It can be done in a few hours, and the end result will give the player an awesome feel to the devices that they are using.