Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost?
Water Transfer Printing is economical and overcomes problems faced by conventional methods such as hot printing, screen printing, transfer printing, and conversion coating.
Is Water Transfer Printing durable?
We like to let our product speak for itself. Some of our largest clientele are automobile and boat manufacturers who demand highest standards of quality and durability. Many parts we manufacture spend the majority of their lives in direct exposure, such as boat instrument panels. The clear coat we use is automotive grade, designed to withstand nature and time.
How difficult is it to learn the process?
30-hours of training is conducted and historically it takes an additional period of two to three weeks to fine-tune the production line.
Can items that are not correctly printed be reprinted?
Yes, items that are not printed to satisfaction can be re-printed for printing.
How is the film supplied?
All film comes in rolls (50 cm/90cm wide) for easy storage and production.
What types of items can be printed?
A wide variety of flat or 3-D shapes (curved surface) and manufacturing materials (plastics, metals, etc.) can be printed.
How long does the process take from start to finish?
It all depends on the complexity of the item being printed. For example, a dashboard for a pick-up truck can approximately take 15 minutes in total hands-on time (this does not include unattended time e.g. drying) to complete.
What is the minimum area required for setting up a production line?
The minimum operating space requirement for water transfer printing is approximately 650-900 sq. ft. with a floor plan that can facilitate a preparation area, dipping area, spray booth and finishing area.
What are all the components needed to successfully produce a decorated item?
The essential components are:
a. The ink film with selected design/pattern,
c. A hand sanding device,
d. A spray gun and air compressor,
e. Primer, the selected base coat paint, and clear acrylic paint,
f. The specifically designed water tank,
g. A device to hold the item while it is being dipped, and,
h. A constant water supply, draining system, and an aerated room.
How scratch resistant is the final product?
The clear acrylic recommended is the same as that used on auto exteriors.