Here are some of the more common questions we have answered...
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Well water transfer printing is a 3 dimensional decorating process where highly detailed graphics, including wood grains, camouflage, carbon fibre and lots more can be printed onto a products surface. Providing it is relatively inflexible and can be submersed in water.
You have seen water transfer printing in action many times in everyday life. The wood grain dashboard of a BMW for example. This is water transfer printing on a production line, turning plastic into rich mahogany in an instant. Well we take these principles and apply them to your everyday items to make them really smart!
The patterns come on a huge roll of water transfer printing film in varying widths. The film has a water soluble side and a side that dissolves after applying activator. This leaves the pattern of paint floating on the surface of a contained volume of water. Then ‘simply’ dip the item through at an appropriate angle to avoid any large flat spots hitting the pattern, rinse for five minutes and apply a coat of clear. Now your Robin Reliant can have a fabulous walnut dashboard, as it should.
Here is a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the hydrographics or water transfer printing process.
WHICH SIDE DOWN DO I LAY MY WATER TRANSFER PRINTING FILM?
We always test which way to lay our film down by licking our thumb and fore finger and pinching the film. The side that sticks to the moisture on your finger or thumb is the side which is water soluble and this is the side which faces down in the water.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DIP SOMETHING MYSELF?
You will need a body of water, water submersible thermometer, water transfer printing film, water transfer printing activator, primer, paint and lacquer.
WHAT TEMPERATURE DOES THE WATER NEED TO BE AT?
We advise using 28 – 30 degrees C water. The general rule is, that the lower the temperature of the water the longer the water transfer printing film needs to be soaked before spraying the activator. We recommend keeping conditions consistent so you know how long to leave your film soaking and how much activator to use.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET SOMETHING DIPPED?
Our water transfer printing service is very economical, consistent and of the highest standard. Which makes it an affordable alternative to airbrushing, screen printing, vinyl wrapping and hot printing without compromising on the quality of the image.
IS WATER TRANSFER PRINTING DURABLE?
We always give products a coat of clear, automotive grade lacquer to preserve the water transfer printing graphics and we recommend that you do too. This gives it many years of protection from everything nature throws at it and pretty damn scratch resistant.
CAN I DO WATER TRANSFER PRINTING MYSELF?
Yes, you can buy one of our water transfer printing Dip Kits here and achieve bonza results in your own home. However, for your prized items if youre not comfortable we can do them for you.
IF I MESS IT UP CAN I DIP IT AGAIN?
Yes, in nearly all cases a quick sand and re spray and you are ready for another dip. Just another reason why water transfer printing rocks
WHAT APPLICATIONS DOES WATER TRANSFER PRINTING HAVE?
You can dip anything that can be submersed in water and can be painted. We can dip plastics, metals, woods, glass, and ceramics in any of our water transfer printing films. Generally, if it can be painted it can be dipped.
HOW LONG DOES THE WATER TRANSFER PRINTING PROCESS TAKE?
From us receiving your item we will have it sent back to you, dipped,lacquered and polished ready for use within 5 working days unless we notify you otherwise.
HOW SCRATCH RESISTANT IS THE FINISH?
The graphic used in water transfer printing is coated in automotive grade clear lacquer, so it is as tough as the paintwork on a car. That’s pretty tough.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO RINSE MY PART?
All parts must be rinsed for five minutes after dipping through water transfer printing film, ideally in water with a temperature between 28 degrees C. and 42 degrees C. When the item first comes out it will have excess film and paint on and will feel ‘goopy’. As you rinse away the residual film this will go away and the rinsing is complete.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES THE WATER TRANSFER PRINTING FILM NEED STORING IN?
The water transfer printing film is very sensitive to temperature and humidity. It needs to be stored in a controlled environment with temperature around 20 degrees C. and humidity below 60%.