Concours Auto Salon is now offering Hydrographics to its list of services.
What Is Hydrographics
Hydrographics or HydroGraphics, also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imagingcubic or hydro dipping, is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional objects. The hydrographic process can be used on metal, plastic, glass, hardwoods, and various other materials. In the process, the substrate piece to be printed is pre-treated and a base coat material is applied. A Polyvinyl film is then floated on the surface of a vat of heated and filtered water. An activator chemical is sprayed on the film to dissolve it into a liquid and activate a bonding agent. The piece that will have the transfer applied to it 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 clear coat is applied to protect the design. With multiple dippings, hydrographic printing can achieve full 360° coverage of the part surface, including small crevices.
There are many many design films offered and with the ability to change the base color of the part to be dipped the options are almost limitless. Form woodgrain, brushed metal, floral patterns, camouflage, and carbon fiber we can totally change the look of the parts and pieces to be dipped.
Is it Durable ?
The parts and pieces we dip are just as durable as your automotive paint finish. We use a top-grade automotive clear coat over the dipped part. We offer the finish in high gloss and matt finish.
Time And Cost
Small single parts can be dipped and finished in as little as 2 days. Large complex or multiple parts can take up to 5 working days.
The cost can vary depending on the size, complexity, and if we will be responsible for removal and installation or disassembly.
Examples Of Our Work
Recently we applied carbon fiber film to several interior and exterior pieces of vehicles. From mirror covers, rear wings to interior trim pieces.