Measuring the Size of Hydrographics Film
Recently, there has been an increasing trend of hydrographic printing. Hydrographic printing is a method of design that involves the application of designs and patterns on three-dimensional surfaces. Any object on which a base coat can rest and can be submerged in the water safely can be used as a substrate piece for hydrographic painting. Objects such as automotive parts, camouflage items, dashboards, and hunting equipment are easy to use as hydrographic surfaces.
The process of hydrographic printing is straightforward to learn and do. The process of hydrographic printing starts by cleaning the surface thoroughly in preparation for the artwork. You will then primer the item before applying a base coat on the surface. All these are steps for preparing an item for hydrographic printing. Once the item is ready, you will dip it in a dipping tank with water. A hydrographic film with the desired artwork or pattern is placed on the water’s surface. Finish up by rinsing the item either by hand washing or passing the item through an automatic wash station. Let the item dry or pass it into a heated room with sufficient air and finalize the process by applying a clear coat.
How to Measure the Size of Hydrographic Film to Use
Any item that can be dipped and submerged in water is suitable for use in hydrographic printing. Hydrographic printing allows for customizing items such as guns, wheels, cups, and helmets with beautiful designs and patterns.
When choosing the right hydrographic film to use, you need to consider quality and one that will be easy to use on a variety of items. Hydrographic films come in a wide variety. They differ in terms of texture and design. Designs range from camouflage, animal prints, wood grain prints, stone, skull, metal, flame, flag, etc. You can also customize designs according to the desired result. These may include cartoons, country flags, music, money, flowers, etc. Hydrographic film textures, on the other hand, include carbon fiber.
The film’s size depends on the size of the item undergoing the hydrographic printing process. You will need to place the item on a piece of film and cut the required size. The film is one of the cheapest items used in hydrographic printing. It would be a good idea to make sure that you get the desired results by providing enough film for stretch and even possibly redos.
For rectangular items, which are the easiest to work on, the appropriate room for stretching is about one to two inches of film on all sides. Items such as helmets, which are rounded, make it a bit complicated to measure the appropriate amount of stretch to account for when laying out the film. In the case of a helmet, you need to place it horizontally across the film and tilt it on both sides.