The Process

...in a nutshell

HOW IT WORKS…

Objects can arrive in a variety of conditions. We carry out the initial preparation, whether it be rust treatment, filling dents or minor repairs and smoothing the parts. A pre-treatment coating is then applied, woods are sealed with a wood sealer, metals receive 2 coats of acid etch primer and plastics get 2 coats of plastic primer.

→ Every part then gets at least 3 coats of a 2k Primer. If the parts are smooth we use a wet on wet formula allowing us to move straight to the next stage. Parts that still have some texture receive high build Primer, which is then guide coated and smoothed by hand. The Prep and Prime stage is the most important and most time consuming.

→ The next stage is to apply 3 coats of your chosen Colour. This will form the main colour of the pattern and is what the hydrographic film pattern will be applied to.

→ The hydrographic film is placed in a vat of warm water, allowing it to dissolve leaving the solid ink pattern floating on the surface.

→ Once activated with a special chemical, the ink turns back to a liquid state. The object is then immersed in the water, through the floating ink layer. This allows the ink to wrap around all contours of the object. The ink engraves itself into the painted base coat making a permanent bond.

→ The object is rinsed to remove all residue from the dipping process.

→ Once dry the object is finished in either a gloss, semi matte or matte clear coat. This gives it a perfect and protected finish.

→ Once the clear coat is hardened enough we remove any dust from the clear, and buff to a high shine. The part is then finished with polish and a protective wax coating.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Condition of your part
  • Material of your part
  • Is it safe to submerge in water?
  • Base coat colour
  • Your chosen pattern
  • Any specialist paints
  • Any additional detailing
  • Final finish, matte, gloss or satin

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