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Tower {MWB}

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Hydro Dipping
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:43:58 PM »
I've been wanting to play with this for a long time. Finally got around to it.
I'm doing it on a remote control transmitter case.
I didn't like any of these designs and didn't want to rebuy a transmitter. https://www.getfpv.com/frsky-2-4g-16ch-taranis-x9d-plus-transmitter-special-edition-w-m9-gimbals.html
The non dipped shells are only $15


Started with a black plastic, sanded and spray painted white for a base color.
This shell was my first test for a dip, the paint started to crinkle and chip off in places because I didn't prep it properly.



I had 2 different designs to dip. unfortunately I tested both of these with water that was way too hot so I have spots that didn't stick right.


Went back to the drawing board and tried a simpler object with a small piece of leftover film. and water closer to the right temp.
came out much nicer.



With that piece coming out much nicer, I tried my 2nd transmitter shell that I prepped correctly.
I was getting some small creases in the dip as I put it in the water and it shows up in the final project and the color doesn't stick right.
Came out much nicer than the first attempt. Still not 100%, but good enough for my first hydrodip project.
The dip comes out with a matte finish, so I will put on a clear coat when the front half is dipped and both halves are dry.


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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 09:01:22 PM »
Looking good. Never really thought of this being something people can actually do on their own. Would be very interested in how the process works.

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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2018, 09:21:43 PM »
finished the front of the case now.
Still getting spots without color, but I did find a way to reduce the folding/creases in the film, and it helped immensely in removing airbubbles too.
in videos I was watching, people were putting tape around the four edges of the film, I put it on 2, so it had room to expand, yet still remain semi easy to lay on top of the water.

I think my problem now, is that I'm using some rustoleoum primer/paint 2 in 1. They make specific hydrographics base coat that is supposed to be softer, to allow the film color to adhere better.

I still have most of a sheet left and plenty of activator if someone wanted to try something.




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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2018, 09:28:02 PM »
Instructions for Phoenix

you need a tank of water around 90F, big enough for your part to be submerged at a 30 degree angle.(it prevents airbubbles being trapped between the film/water and your part)
graphic film
activator
and I will buy some hydrographics base paint to try on some other stuff.(white ABS I believe I read doesn't need a base coat)

just fill the tank with water
set the film on top of the water(there is a top/bottom of the film)
get the creases/airbubbles out
spray the activator
wait 10-20 seconds
dip the part
then rinse a slimy film off the part in warm water

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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2018, 09:42:52 PM »
https://www.liquidconcepts.com/custom-film-development
This site will do custom designs at $35 per meter if anyone had a design(nate)

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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2018, 09:57:39 PM »
That seems way too easy. No selling first born or anything?

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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2018, 09:59:16 PM »
I know I've seen some Jerry rigged versions of this using a crap ton of spray paint.

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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2018, 10:01:39 PM »
That seems way too easy. No selling first born or anything?

$10 for a meter of film
$25 hydrographics white base coat
$10-20 for activator

and yea, it's surprisingly easy to do.
to do well is another story, but I'm working on it.

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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2018, 10:03:05 PM »
I know I've seen some Jerry rigged versions of this using a crap ton of spray paint.

I've seen that too.
you just do spray paint into water using multiple colors.

looks like a tie dye job.

not sure how durable it is.

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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2018, 10:36:22 AM »
This is super cool!
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Re: Hydro Dipping
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2018, 04:56:24 PM »
I have considered wanting to try giving this a go. I watched the guy out in Springfield do a couple pieces while I was waiting to talk to him when we were going to have him do our guns. It looks simple. However my OCD/perfectionist tendencies would lead me to frustration!