The Hydrographic process:

The hydrographic process consists of transferring a pattern to an object using liquid pattern displacement. Any material that is hard surfaced and non porous such as glass, wood, metals, fiberglass and ceramics.

The most important step in the hydrographic process is the preparation of the article to be printed. Cleaning, sanding and the appropriate bonder/primer are then applied and sanded smooth.

A base coat is applied to correspond with the pattern to be printed. The color of the base coat controls the hue of the pattern. Such as a brown for a wood grain print. We can also control the contrast through the application of both the base coat and finish coat.

The pattern you choose has been printed on a water soluble polyvinyl film. This film is carefully laid on top of water that is contained in a purpose built tank for hydrographic printing.

An activating solvent is then applied by spray to the film's pattern. As the film dissolves, it leaves the pattern floating on top of the water.

The object being printed can now be dipped through the pattern. The water being displaced by the object causes the pattern to wrap around and adheres the print to the object no matter how complex the shape. Creating a continuous finish.

The item is then rinsed to remove any residue and then air dried.

Several coats of a catalyzed automotive urethane is applied. You may choose a flat to a glass like high gloss finish. Automotive urethane finishes meets the most demanding standards for hardness, UV resistance, chemical resistance and adhesion. It is also easily maintained.

Finally we wet sand, buff, and polish your item.

We have a very high standard of quality control. What you get back is an object that looks like it came straight from the factory.

Most all manufacturers use hydrographic printing to achieve their wood grain and other patterns printed parts. These can often be found in high-end model automobiles, boats and airplanes.

The possibilities are endless of objects that can be printed as well as the hundreds of patterns to choose from (see patterns on the menu).

We realize that a close tolerance is critical when it comes to replacing printed parts. Hydrographic printing adds virtually no thickness, making replacement hassle free.

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