Hydrographics

Our bespoke decoration solutions enable our automotive clients to completely transform both the look and feel of their vehicles. To date our Automotive work has seen us work with a wide variety of clients. Ranging from vehicle manufacturers, to main dealerships as well as private retail customers.

The beauty of working with vehicles, in comparison to aircrafts and boats, is that due to their smaller size there is an increased opportunity to use aquagraphic surface decoration on the exterior components. This means we can carry out water transfer printing on things such as alloy wheels, mirror caps, grilles and spoilers as well as all the interior trims such as the door inserts, dash consoles and centre consoles.

Call our Hydro-dipping team today on 01392 829557

Examples of Hydrographics

Carden

Carden

VS

VS

Ellwood

Ellwood

Torite

Torite

Mica

Mica

Shale

Shale

Marley

Marley

Marrone

Marrone

Harlequin

Harlequin

Merlin

Merlin

Fairy Dust

Fairy Dust

Mercury

Mercury

 

Our Process

  • 1 - Base Coat

    The first stage involves laying down a base coat. The base coat carries out two primary functions. Firstly, it creates a foundation colour which bleeds through the film. The second purpose of the base coat is to prepare the product for adhesion of the water transfer film
  • 2 - Water Transfer

    The second stage in the process is the application of the water transfer film. It is at this stage that the design layer is applied to the 3 dimensional product. To the untrained eye this stage may look very easy, however there are a number of variables affecting successful application. These include but are not limited to; the angle of immersion, the water temperature, the amount of activator used as well as the atmospheric humidity and pressure. As experts in hydrographics we are well versed in all of the factors that influence a successful water transfer film application. This is why we are able to ensure our clients receive consistent replication of their surface decoration designs month upon month, year after year.
  • 3 - Clear Coat

    The penultimate stage of our process involves applying a clear coat, also commonly referred to as a lacquer. This stage provides a layer of protection to both the water transfer design and the substrate beneath. It is also at this stage where we can alter the surface light reflection by applying either a matt, gloss or semi gloss finish.
  • 4 - Polish

    The final stage involves adding the final touches to the newly decorated substrate to ensure the product is ready for installation upon delivery. Depending on the finish desired this will vary drastically. For our clients seeking a high gloss finish, this will consist of a methodical polishing procedure which leaves the substrate surface gleaming.