Pick the Base Coat That Best Suits Your Design
Hydro dipping has a lot of different steps that are all crucial. One of the most vital of all is choosing the proper base coat. Without doing this step correctly, the chances of having beautiful finishes are less likely. Let’s take a look at how to pick the one that does the job best.
There are many different base colors to choose from to start your project. The standard ones are tan and white. Tan is usually the selection for a camouflage-style design.
Your Print Determines Which Base Coat to Use
The choice for a base coat also depends on the film you use. For the most part, most you pick up will work well with a white base coat. This type of coating allows the printed design to show through, revealing a full range of colors. Blue and red ink stay the right colors after you dip them because of the base coat. Most colors have a degree of opacity that empowers the base coat to have an impact.
Experience Helps You Learn Which Coating to Select
Working with base coats is an excellent teacher about what to expect. You can follow a specific ruleset, but you have to remain flexible in case some colors don’t appear as you expect. Almost always, the white base coat is the best option because it will make the design look as true to its original format as possible.
If you decide to use different colors for your base coat, expect wildly varying designs. For those people who’s prime love is to experiment with the art, that’s the most direct way to alter the final presentation. The ink and the base coat combine to create colors, so things turn out depending on the combination.
There are several hydrographic films on the market that are transparent in areas to allow you to fully customize the design by changing the base color. We have found that the quickest and easiest way to determine the final look is to put test colors under the film of your choice.
You can pick up color swatch books (cardstock books) at your local art/hobby store that will give you a variety of colors to choose from. You can lay these color sheets under the film to get an idea of what the final product will look like. Do keep in mind that the film look will vary but this will help you and the client get on the right track towards the correct base color.
We do always recommend spraying a sample speed shape of the color and dip it prior to completing the job to ensure you get it right the first time. This will save you time and money in the long run.
Hydro dipping always looks incredible when you do the process right. Getting to that stage may take some practice, but fortunately, once you get the hang of things, you don’t have any issues. The base coat selection will always be of prime importance. It’s the starting point for your design, so it has to be correct. Take the time to research/test the best colors and then use them for your project. If you do, you will end up with amazing and aesthetically pleasing designs.