What is Hydrographics?
Water Transfer Printing or Hydrographics (also known as hydro dipping, hydro imaging, fluid imaging, hydrograghic printing) is a 3D decorating process. Graphics such as carbon fiber,woodgrain, camouflage, geometrical patterns are applied to decorate the items. Films can be applied to all kind of materials including plastic, wood, fiberglass, metal, and ceramics and various other materials.
The Water Transfer Printing process is extensively used to decorate items that range from entire all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles to car dashboards and smaller items like bike helmets, firearms, coolers or other automotive trim. . For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water, the water transfer printing process can be applied.
This process utilizes a water-soluble film that contains the printed designs. Once an activator has been applied, the film dissolves and leaves the ink on the surface of the water. Now, the item can be immersed into the water and the ink wraps around it. It is then washed and protected with a clear topcoat.
Water transfer printing images can withstand very high temperatures of up to +300ºC and very low temperatures such as ice and snow. Hydrographic films are also developed to protect against ultraviolet rays of the sun. They contain specific chemical components that deliver high levels of UV protection to enhance the look and life of products.