What is Hydro Dipping?
Hydro dipping is an art that involves decorating a 3-D item that can be submerged to water without damage. Most firms specialize in hydro dipping large items like sports equipment and cars. However, you can do the process on your own as it only requires creativity. In case you need to hydro dip your items at home, purchase a hydro kit online, and apply your design with minimal experience.
Tips for Selecting the Best Hydro Dipping Container
The dipping container can be made of materials like glass, plastic, or metal. Often, the container is rectangular or square, as they are preferred the most suitable configurations. The container must be of a suitable size so that when you lay your item, it settles at the center; it should leave approximately three inches to the sides of the container. Additionally, the container should be deep for the total submerging of your item. Basically, the container should not be too shallow or deep.
How to Hydro Dip Using Hydro Dipping Kit
Buy a Home Hydro Dip Kit
You can purchase the best home hydro dip kit online, which allows the transfer of a particular design onto a 3-D item. The home hydro dip kit comes with various assorted designs that are customizable. The kit should include the following activator, topcoat, basecoat, universal primer, and patterned film.
Select a Suitable Container
Most home hydro dip kits are not purchased with containers to use during the dipping process. Select a container that is deep enough to submerge the object you intend to hydro dip fully. Ensure that the container is approximately six inches between the object and the edge of the container.
Prepare the Object
Wipe the item you want to hydro dip to ensure that it is free of debris and dust. Spray the item with primer enough to thoroughly coat it. Ensure that primer does not run on the item. After this, apply two light coats of the coat base spray then leave the item to dry for two hours. Note that before you apply primer and base coat, use masking tape to avoid spraying parts of the item not to be printed.
Size and Cut the Film
Creatively measure the size of the object you intend to cover then add five inches on each side. Cut the film accordingly, ensure that it remains dry during the process. Place masking tape on the edges of the film.
Set Up the Container
Fill the container you selected with hot water to three-quarters full. Pick the film and place the opposite sides together like a sling and then place the base of the sling onto the middle surface of the water. Carefully bring down the sides to set the film on the hot water.
Allow the Film to Hydrate
Let the film hydrate for one minute then spray the activator in your kit uniformly over the film. After the film is coated for around ten seconds it should turn into liquid ink on the surface of the water. You can know if the film is fully activated when it gives a glossy appearance and stretches to cover the entire surface of the water.
Dip Your Object
Once the film is ready, hold your item at an angle of forty-five degrees and submerge it slowly. After the object is fully submerged, keep altering the angle down towards the ink. Ensure that your movement is fluid for outstanding results. Put on gloves during the process.
Rinse the Object
Carefully remove the object from water and hold it with care to avoid rubbing its surface then rinse it in cold water for three minutes to remove PVA residue.
Air-dry the object then apply topcoat spray provided in your home hydro kit. Let the item dry for some minutes before applying the second coat. You can continue the process until your expected design is achieved.