MyDipKit Product Info

MyDipKit Product Information

Water Transfer Imaging Made Easy

MyDipkit is a do it yourself version of the commercial process known as water transfer printing, sometimes known as hydrographics or camo dipping. This allows you to process parts on a small scale in your home. The kit contains the printed film, chemicals, and basic supplies needed for processing parts at home. You will need to provide a container for dipping the items in. You will also need to supply warm water, and the item to be decorated. With this kit you will be able to camo dip your own items. 

This is the same process that gun and ATV manufacturers use to print camouflage patterns on their guns and ATVs. In addition this is the same process that automotive manufacturers use to print wood grain patterns on plastic interior pieces. This process can be done on any part that can be safely submerged under water. The basics steps are: 

Clean and prep the part

Base coat the part

Dip the part

Clear coat the part

What is Water Transfer Printing?

Water transfer Printing (hydrographics) is the process of applying decorative finished to 3D products. Any hard surface, non-porous and that can be submersed in water can be decorated. Another good rule of thumb is if you can get paint to stick to the object most likely you can decorate it with this process. Examples of such materials are: plastic, glass, hardwoods, fiberglass, ceramics, and metal (metal objects will require you to provide a self etching metal primer) 

How does the Water Transfer Imaging Process Work?

Products are decorated using a print, which resides on a thin base of water-soluble film. The printed film is placed on the surface of the water, and the base begins to dissolve. A patented activator chemical is sprayed over the film causing the ink to remain floating in an oil-like state on top of the water. Next the properly prepared part is immersed into the water, and the upward pressure of the water causes the ink to wrap around and adhere to the item. After the entire item has been immersed, it is removed from the water, cleaned and then coated with a clear coat. Included in the kit is a link to a set of video instructions that walk you through all the steps in the process.

What is included in the kit?

Our MyDipkit water transfer printing kit comes standard with the following items:

1 x 4.0 oz Aerosol Can of hydrographics Activator

1 x 4.0 oz Aerosol Can of Primer

1 x 4.0 oz Aerosol Can of Base Coat

1 x 4.0 oz Aerosol Can of Clear Top Coat

1 x Painter's Mask

2 1/2 x Square Meters of hydrographic Film - Approx. 1.5 Feet by 15 Feet

1 x Pair of Latex Gloves

1 x Scuff Pad

1 x Detailed Instructions for the Dipping Process

What you will need to provide:

1) Dipping Container - The vessel or container required for processing.

2) Heated Water - You will need to fill your dipping container with heated water. You can use warm water straight from your sink. You do not need to add anything to the water, just make it warm water like you would use to wash your hands. As long as the water is not cold or room temperature you will be ok.

3) Eye Protection

Tips for Selecting the Right Dipping Container


 


The container can be made of any desired material such as plastic, glass or metal. A square or rectangular container is the most desired configuration.The container should be of a size that when you lay your desired part to be processed in the center of the container, you should have two to three inches of space between the sides of the container. Also, the container should be deep enough that when you process your part it will be totally submersed below the water line. Your container can never be too deep, but it can be too shallow.


Hazard and Disposal Information

SURFACE PREPERATION: Surface should be clean and dry. Remove dirt, grease, oil, wax, and loose paint.

DIRECTIONS: Use outdoors or in a well ventilated area when temperature is between 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit, and humidity is below 60% to ensure proper drying. Mask surrounding area where overspray might settle. Shake can for at least one minute, listening for the rattle of the mixing ball. Shake for 10 seconds at 1-2 minute intervals during application. Hold can 6 to 10 inches from surface. Press spray button firmly. Do not cover with continuous spray. Move back and forth releasing spray head after each stroke. Overlap each stroke. Apply two thin coats rather than one heavy coat. 

CLEAN UP: If spray button becomes clogged, pull off and clean with solvent. 

DO NOT: Stick pins or wire into can opening. Replace spray button firmly with valve opening pointing away from you. To prevent valve from clogging after use, turn can upside down and press spray head for 4 seconds. 

WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reporoductive harm. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. 

HMIS code:
  • F: 4
  • R: 0
  • H: 2
  • HMIS: B


CONTAINS NO CFC'S- In accordance with Federal regulations which prohibit CFC propellants in aerosols. 

PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN HANDLING AND STORAGE:
Keep away from heat, sparks, and open flame. Vapors will accumulate readily and may ignite explosively. During use and until all vapors are gone: Keep area ventilated - Do not smoke - Extinguish all flames, pilot lights, and heaters - Turn off stoves, electric tools and appliances, and any other sources of ignition. Consult NFPA Code. Use approved Bonding and Grounding procedures. Contents under pressure. Do not puncture, incinerate, or expose to temperature above 120F. Heat from sunlight, radiators, stoves, hot water, and other heat sources could cause container to burst. Do not take internally. Keep out of the reach of children. 

PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN USE:

Use only with adequate ventilation. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Avoid breathing vapor and spray mist. Wash hands after using. EYE or SKIN contact with the product, vapor or spray mist. 

EFFECTS OF OVEREXPOSURE:
  • EYES: Irritation.
  • SKIN: Prolonged or repeated exposure may cause irritation.
  • INHALATION: Irritation of the upper respiratory system. May cause nervous system depression. Extreme overexposure may result in unconsciousness and possibly death. Prolonged overexposure to solvent ingredients may cause adverse effects to the liver, urinary, cardiovascular and reproductive systems.


FIRST AID:
  • EYES: Flush eyes with large amounts of water for 15 minutes. Get medical attention.
  • SKIN: Wash affected area thoroughly with soap and water. Remove contaminated clothing and launder before re-use.
  • INHALATION: If affected, remove from exposure. Restore breathing. Keep warm and quiet.
  • INGESTION: Do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately.


SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OVEREXPOSURE: Headache, dizziness, nausea, and loss of coordination are indications of excessive exposure to vapors or spray mists. Redness and itching or burning sensation may indicate eye or excessive skin exposure. 

VENTILATION: Local exhaust preferable. General exhaust acceptable if the exposure to materials is maintained below applicable exposure limits. Refer to OSHA Standards 1910.94, 1910.107, 1910.108. 

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: If personal exposure cannot be controlled below applicable limits by ventilation, wear a properly fitted organic vapor/particulate respirator approved by NIOSH/MSHA for protection When sanding or abrading the dried film, wear a dust/mist respirator approved by NIOSH/MSHA for dust which may be generated from this product, underlying paint, or the abrasive. 

EYE PROTECTION: Wear safety spectacles with unperforated sideshields. 

OTHER PRECAUTIONS: Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal. 

WASTE DISPOSAL METHOD: Do not incinerate. Depressurize container. Dispose of in accordance with Federal, State/Provincial, and Local regulations regarding pollution.