GOrilla get the next step – watertransfer / printig – made in switzerland. The possibilities are by that – endless! You can choose base color and the foil – your creative process is the most important task!

What Is Water Transfer Printing?

Water Transfer Printing, or hydrographics, is a surface decorating process where elaborate graphics – designer prints are applied to a 3-D product’s surface. The Water Transfer Printing process is used extensively to decorate items that range from entire all-terrain vehicles dashboards to small items like frame sets – bike helmets or other automotive trim. Films can be applied to all types of substrates including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and of course GOrillas steel frames. For the most part, if the item can be submerged in water, it can be dipped using Water Transfer Printing technology.

The process utilizes a water-soluble film that contains complex patterns printed in ink. The film dissolves in the water and leaves the ink on the surface. In the typical process, the item is first coated with a primer or an adhesion promoter. After the primer is dry, a base-coat paint is applied which controls the hue of the pattern. Many hydrographic films are transparent which means you can achieve unique designs by customizing the base coat colors. For example, wood grain films often utilize a brown base coat and many camouflage patterns use a required base coat color to maintain the integrity of the pattern. After the base coat is applied, the item is ready for decorating. The film is activated. The item is then dipped into the water and the ink wraps around it. Excess PVA residue is then washed off, the part is dried, and a clear top coat is applied!

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