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Water Transfer Printing

Commonly referred to as camo dipping, hydro printing, or immersion printing. No matter what you call it, it’s an  amazing  method of applying a uniquely printed design to flat and three dimensional objects… As it is unrestricted by curvature or shape!

The Process:

The process transfers a pattern to an object using water displacement.  Any submersible material with a hard, non-porous surface such as glass, wood, metal, fiberglass, ceramic, or any type of plastic can be printed. For the most part if it can be painted, it can be dipped! After the part is prepped and sanded, a base coat paint is applied and cured. The base coat corresponds 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 have chosen has been printed on a water soluble polyvinyl film.  This film is carefully laid on top of water that is contained in a special made tank for hydrographic printing. An activating solvent is then applied by spray to the films pattern.  As the film dissolves, it leaves the printed pattern floating evenly 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, dried, and several clear coats are applied.  You may choose a flat to a glass like high gloss finish or our unique Soft Touch finish. These high quality urethane finishes meet the most demanding standards for hardness, UV resistance, chemical resistance and adhesion.  It is also easily maintained.

Technology:

Southern Customs uses this new technology to offer customers many design options. Choose from stone, marble, metal, diamond plate, brushed aluminum and many illusion patterns. Choose an  HD quality camo for the hunter that wants to be concealed, no matter what terrain they are in. For the car and motorcycle enthusiast we offer the latest in flames, carbon fibers, burled and straight wood grains, skulls, zombies  and  many more truly unique designs to achieve that high end, one of a kind look for their ride.  For your home or business we also have many other custom patterns to create a design setting unlike anything  else or give old things a fresh new look!     Not all prints on website are always in stock, so please call us for print availability.

Finishing:

In addition to adding  style and value, it also adds to consumer appeal as well. Possibilities are endless with water transfer graphics. We are committed to our customers, and will provide the best quality workmanship and service available. Please check out  our patterns, and let us know any ideas you may want to have done. As always we thrive to continue our “Endless Creativity”

Guarantee:

Southern Customs guarantees your part finish will be free of processing and material defects from workmanship as well as quality top coats. A defect is defined as failure due to our workmanship or materials. Damage caused from accidental damage, neglect, or normal wear and tear, is not considered a workmanship or material failure. These issues will not be covered under our guarantee.

 

Patterns:

With seemingly endless patterns available there is something for almost everyone…….

Carbon Fiber Patterns

Metal Patterns

Stone Patterns

ShawNaughty Designz

Designer Patterns

Camouflage Patterns

Wood GrainPatterns

Thunder Mountain Camouflage

 

Gallery

Visit the Hydro Graphics Gallery to view several featured projects.