Hydrographics

Hydrographics is a method of applying custom designs to a three-dimensional surface. This process can be applied to metal, plastic, glass, hard woods, and various other materials. The possibilities for creativity are limitless and with proper care, the graphic will outlast other methods of application.

the hydrographic coating process

product selection

product selection

Select the product(s) that will be coated

film selection

film selection

Select color, design, or create your own

product prep

product prep

The product is cleaned, primed and a base coat is applied

print film

print film

Graphic is printed on water-soluble polyvinyl film and placed in a vat

film activation

film activation

Printed film is sprayed with a chemical activator, which dissolves the film, allowing the pattern to float on water

film transfer

film transfer

The product is slowly dipped into the water. After being fully immersed, the part is removed

rinse & dry

rinse & dry

After immersion, the product is rinsed and dried

clear coat

clear coat

The decorated product is covered with a clear coat to protect & shine