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Post by Pontichev327 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:59 pm

There is a new (to us) process for putting ink designs on automotive pieces called hydrographic dipping. It is a printed water soluble sheet that floats in a tub of water, then after prepping the part, you gently dip it into the pattern floating on top and it transfers perfectly to the item. I saw it demonstrated at the Scottsdale Goodguys event and it is really COOL!! Look it up on line. There are companies that do it for you, and there are also DIY kits on ebay.
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Post by 77mali on Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:29 pm

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Post by Joe73 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:33 pm

I believe thats how they put the camo patterns on things like hunting bows. Seen it done on tv.
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Post by Landonus on Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:51 pm

Had seen this advertised from a vendor when I went to Charlotte swap meet last August. Sent some Xbox controllers and pieces and although they turned out nice it does eventually fade and rub off from wear. of course this is not a problem if it's a dash panel or something stationary but I would not recommend it for moving parts or something you touch frequently. I lost the website but I found one a year or so ago that did this in various colors of chrome. I planned on using that service to chrome the glass bumpers I had at the time but ended up selling the bumpers and the car.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:53 pm

Wouldn't you have a visual overlap of pattern when doing one side at a time? How durable is it? Will it chip and flake as road debris hits it?
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Post by Landonus on Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:54 pm

Mine did not chip or flake but it did rub through.
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Post by Pontichev327 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:09 pm

The guy at the Goodguys show had valve covers, air cleaners, dash bezels, spoilers, all kinds of stuff. There were cool skull prints, carbon fiber, woodgrains and water drops too.
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Post by Landonus on Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:15 pm

The fella I spoke with had his personal truck there. A new Furd diesel and 50% of the trim was camouflage. Done tastefully I might add.. unlike a lot of cars I've bought that kids have made a mess of. Wish I had taken pics now.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:38 pm

Americam chopper did that to a bike tank. 100 dollar bills if a remember right.
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Post by 77mali on Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:23 pm

1973 454 MONTE wrote:Americam chopper did that to a bike tank. 100 dollar bills if a remember right.

I remember that now that you mention it!

As far as durability...?...
In the video they clear coat it and give it a "polish" with a low speed buff pad at the end but if a rock hit it or something like that I think it would react like any other finish. Multiple coats of clear might help minimize damage a bit for something "Light".
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Post by Laguna Budman on Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:33 pm

I've got a friend that does this in Sturgis. Looks pretty cool. He did all the trim around the windshield and rear window on 2 Camaro's, one in skulls and one in carbon fiber. He did it about a year and a half ago and it seems to be holding up pretty well. Then again the cars don't get driven a whole lot either. Shows and rod runs ya know.
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Post by 77mali on Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:42 pm

Wonder what a carbon fiber finish would look like on an Endura nose from a Can-Am or Laguna? Might look pretty nice for a custom or hot rod G3 if it's done right. The trim pieces around the glass is a good idea, just my own opinion but I think some cars look better with the bright-work toned down a bit or done slightly differently.
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Post by Laguna Budman on Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:46 pm

He also has a Black Chrome available. He thought it would look good on my trim but i couldn't make myself do it. Maybe do it on the 77 I'm doin now.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:10 am

I think Black Chrome might look pretty cool against your car's color, Budman! Think he'd do a piece or two of molding so you could hold it up to the car for a visual? Anybody know what the cost factor is with this?

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Post by Laguna Budman on Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:14 am

I will stop by the shop friday and talk to him. Maybe I shoulda let him try it cause he was going to "experiment on mine" I'll get some prices and take some xtra pieces and see if he will do a couple.
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Post by 77mali on Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:17 am

Black chrome w/ the gray you chose for your car would look good.

I'm going to do something to mine I think even if it's just color at least for now.
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