Water transfer printing is also known as water transfer imaging. It is a technique through which decorative finished are given to 3D products. The process works with any hard object which has a non-porous surface that can be submerged in water. Anything made from plastic fiberglass, ceramics, and metal can be printed using this technique. The difference between this printing technique and the many others available in the market is that the images created have a really unique and soft side to them. Here, are the three most important facts that you should understand about water imaging and its application process.
How the Process Works
The products which are to be printed are decorated by making use of a print that is usually contained inside a water-soluble film. When the film with the print is put in water, the base starts dissolving. There is an activator chemical which is then sprayed onto the surface of the water, making the print float on top of the water like an oil film. When an object is immersed in the water with the print, the upward pressure makes the print to wrap itself around the object and the design is imprinted onto the object. When the object has been covered with the desired print, it is removed from the water and then coated with a clear finish. Most of the kits which come with the print have a set of instructions which you should follow when doing the printing.
1- It is the Eco-Friendliest Printing Alternative
The first and most important factor to note about water imaging is that it makes use of water and colors which are minimally harmful to the environment. This makes it much safer for the environment than other paints which emit harmful gasses to the atmosphere. The water used soaks into the object it is being used to dye, but at the same time, it will not be so thick that it bleeds when washed off or runs onto the other side of anything it has been attached to.
2- The Resulting Image is Really Soft
The regular printing press which is used for all the normal printing jobs creates images which are simply too harsh to deal with. It is also a little bit difficult to create proper colors because the process itself is not as gentle as it should be. However, when watercolor printing is used, the print is transferred very gently onto the object which is being printed. As a result, the image will be soft and pleasant to the eyes, and it is possible to define colors clearly. In addition to the colors being soft, they will be repeated over and over on the objected which is being printed, creating a beautiful and consistent image.
3- The Process is Easy and Quick
There are four basic steps that are followed when doing water printing:
- Clean and prep the object to be painted.
- Apply a base coat to the object that you want to print.
- Dip the part in the film and rinse to remove any excess paint.
- Apply a finishing coat.
These are steps that anyone can follow, even from the comfort of their own home. The simplicity of the process is one of the reasons why people are investing in it because they cannot find another method which is as simple, simple and efficient like hydrographic printing.
Those are the three most important facts that you need to know about water imaging before you embark on the process. It is also important to realize that this is the best way to create images which look nice without being overpowering or harsh. The process of mixing the color film into the water and dipping objects is really simple, and fun and the product is simply amazing. When compared to the other printing techniques that are available in the market it is better by far. If you are using the process for the first time, it is important to note that it may take some time to get used to and that the more you practice using the technique the better you will get at the process. Take your time and learn the process because it will transform everything that you knew about printing forever.