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Hydrographic Dipping

Eastern Shore Outfitters is now providing Hydrographic Dipping also known as Camo Dipping. We started Dipping in our new facility located next door to our retail store. We are able to dip a variety of products including, but not limited to, guns, automotive parts (atv, motorcycle) and much, much more. Many patterns are available including a variety of camos, wood grains, metals, carbon fibers and other popular images. A great way to protect and give a new look to your item. Our staff has been trained and certified by TWN Industries, the largest hydrographic facility in the United States.

Water transfer printing (also known as water immersion printing, hydrographic printing, hydro dipping, hydro imaging and fluid imaging) is a 3D decorating process where elaborate graphics like wood grain, Carbon Fiber, Camouflage, Geometrical designs, etc... are applied to a product surface.  This process can be applied to all types of substrates including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water, the hydro-graphic process can be used.

The process utilizes a water-soluble film that contains the printed patterns. The film dissolves in the water and leaves the ink on the surface. In the typical process, the item to be printed is first coated with a primer or an adhesion promoter. After this dries, a base-coat paint is applied which controls the hue of the pattern. So, for instance, wood grain prints often utilize a brown base-coat and many camouflage patterns use a neutral base.  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. It is then washed and painted with a clear topcoat.

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