The Original Water Transfer Printing Specialists

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FAQ for Professional Printing

Q.  Is the finish durable?
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Yes, we use only the highest grade materials. After all items are printed they receive a clear coat finish in either a gloss, flat, or matte finish. The clear coats used are the same that are used in the automotive industry and marine industries.

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Q.  Can items be reprinted?
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Yes, items that are printed can be re-printed without much difficulty.

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Q.  What types of items can be printed?
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A wide variety of flat or 3-D shapes and manufacturing materials such as plastics, metals, woods, glass, etc. can be printed. Everything from sunglasses, to home furniture to your custom motorcycle parts can be printed with ease.

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Q.  What is the turn around time on my product?
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Hydro-Dip™ makes every effort to have your products decorated and being sent back to you within 3-4 weeks after its arrival in our shop.

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Q.  How much does it cost?
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Due to the unique nature of custom work, estimates are given on a per item per job basis. The prep time, size and the complexity of the item or items being printed are the main focus for determining cost. Volume orders are also bid individually.

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Q.  Can we change the color of a pattern?
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Yes and No. Some patterns allow for the base tone to be changed so that you can achieve a wide variety of colorful looks. While other patterns, such as branded camouflage patterns, require us to use a standardized base tone due to licensing regulations. Call for more information.

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Q.  Do we need to bring in or send our parts disassembled?
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Yes, all parts to be printed need to be completely disassembled. All parts should be sent in a “Ready to Paint” condition. Please be sure to only bring in or send in cleaned items. Only send the pieces and parts that are going to be printed. Hydro-Dip™ cannot be responsible for the disassembly or re-assembly of your product.

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FAQ for DIY Dip Kit

Q.  What can I dip?
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Basically any hard surface you can get the base coat to adhere to, you can dip.

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Q.  Is it hard to dip an object?
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The process is straight forward; if you can follow instructions, you can dip an object. 

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Q.  Are some parts harder to dip than others?
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Yes, depending on the configuration of the part, some can be more difficult than others. 

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Q.  Can I use my own base coat colors?
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Yes, as long as it is a good automotive base coat you can use it for processing. 

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Q.  Do I have to use special water?
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No, any water from a clean supply is adequate. 

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Q.  Some parts of the film melt and some does not.
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It is very important that when you spray the activator over the film that you hold the can level. You must have even coverage on the film.

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Q.  The print looked great, then smeared off.
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Perhaps you used too much activator. 

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Q.  The print looked great but had air bubbles.
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Not enough activator. 

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Q.  After printing I had little holes.
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The part was processed (dipped) too flat into the film and trapped air. 

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Q.  After printing I had voids.
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The water reached the area to be printing before the film. The film will not adhere to a wet or damp surface.

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Q.  The part printed great then started to eat into the base coat.
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You let the part stand out too long before rinsing it off. After printing, place the part under running water. If you just set the part to the side it will continue its adhesion process.

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Q.  Can I touch up a small imperfection?
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Yes, spray some activator into a small container. Use a small brush, dip into the activator then rub the brush onto a piece of the film. You can dilute some of the ink from the carrier and dap it onto the area you wish to touch up. After this procedure, rinse the part under running water.

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Customer Care Center
1129 East Pine Street Ste. 101
Meridian, Idaho USA 83642
sales@hydro-dip.com