Frequently Asked Questions
How do I order Water Transfer Printing film, equipment, or supplies?
You can order online (for supplies) on our website and pay with Net-Banking, Debit/Credit cards or any wallet. In case you have a bulk requirement, give us a call on 022 40117342/ 40047342 for pricing and ordering information.
What type of items can be dipped?
WTP can help you print on any surface and object that can go inside water except for paper and fabrics. This is possible only with our Base Chemical called ASB which acts as the base for all surfaces to hold the WTP print design. You can buy All Substrate Base here.
How durable is Water Transfer Printing?
We believe WTP has great durability; thanks to the application of the Top Coat. Our Top Coats are PU (Polyurethane) based and stand strong in sharp sunlight, rains and winters considering the extreme weather in India. However, the durability greatly depends on the quality of the Base chemical and the Top Coat used.
How long does the process take from start to finish?
The turnaround time taken depends on the size, shape and the quantity of the objects you are trying to dip. On an average, this the time cycle taken for a few small products:
a. Part Preparation: Around 15-20 mins.
b. Film Cutting: Around 5-10 mins.
c. Film Placement and Stand by: Around 60-90 seconds.
d. Stick Spray Activation and Dipping: Around 10-20 seconds.
e. Washing: Around 2-3 mins.
f. Drying and Top Coat Application: 30-45 mins.
g. Final Drying: Overnight under the fan or 3-4 hours in Baking oven.
What do I need to start a Hydrographics business? And How much does it cost to start a Hydrographics business?
A full-fledged facility has almost every possible piece of equipment such as:
a. 7ft WTP Dipping Tank or a 5ft WTP Dipping Tank.
b. 5ft Wash Booth.
c. 2HP Air Compressor
d. 4 Spray Guns.
e. Baking Oven.
f. Spray Booth (Water-Based preferable).
g. 5ft Cutting Table.
This costs around Rs. 5.5L to 6L (Including our intensive 3 day Training at Client Facility).
However, there is also a way to start the business with some minimum requirements in order to limit the capital investment required. Here’s a list of the Basic equipment required:
a. 5ft WTP Dipping Tank.
b. 0.5HP Air Compressor
c. 1 Spray Gun
d. Small Cutting Table.
This costs around Rs. 1-1.5L.
We strongly recommend our training programs to kick start the idea of starting a new business since it gives a lot of insight about the process and saves around 6-8 months of trial and error experimentation costs!
What is the maximum temperature a processed part can be exposed to?
If the process is done correctly, parts printed using WTP will survive temperatures up to 100 Degrees Celsius. Thus, engine valve covers, plastic engine covers and many household products can all be decorated and will withstand the residual heat coming from the day to day use.