Water ink Transfer Process
Preparation at ImmersedFx is the most important step. The part is first pre-cleaned to remove any contaminants. Next, we sand and apply a high grade primer to the surface. The primer is then allowed to thoroughly dry. The basecoat color is then applied. The basecoat color will vary depending on the pattern chosen. For example: A green carbon fiber look can be achieved by applying a green basecoat color .
After the "dipping" is completed and the part is removed from the tank, we then wash down any residue or contaminants in our specially designed rinse tank. After the part goes through a final rinse process it is dried for the finish coating. A high grade automotive clear coat is then applied. It is also at this time, if a candy color is being used, is also applied. You have your choice of clear coats which can be flat, matte, semi-gloss or high gloss. After allowing the topcoat to cure, the part is then carefully inspected before being packaged for delivery or customer pick-up.
The pattern that you choose comes printed on a water-soluble vinyl film. The film is cut according to the size of the part to be dipped. The film is then laid on top of the water in our stainless steel tank, specially designed for water transfer printing. A chemical activator is then sprayed which turns the vinyl film from a solid to a liquid ink pattern that floats evenly on the water. At this point the part is ready to be "dipped". The water being displaced by the object causes the pattern to efficiently wrap around the part and bonds the ink to the basecoat no matter how complex the shape, creating a continuous, highly detailed finish.