VANCOUVER 3D INK LTD
Welcome to Vancouver 3D-Ink. We are the providers of hydrographic printing services for the greater Vancouver regional district. Our services include but not limited to the automotive, aviation, marine, sporting goods, home décor and architectural industries.
Hydrographic printing (also known as water immersion printing, water transfer printing, hydro dipping, hydro imaging and fluid imaging) is a 3D decorating process where elaborate graphics like wood grain, Carbon Fiber, Camouflage, Geometrical designs, etc… are applied to a product surface. .
HOW IT WORKS
The hydrographic printing process is extensively used to decorate items that range from automobile dashboards, automotive trim to small items like bike helmets or other sporting goods. Our patterns can be applied to all types of substrates including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water, the hydro-graphic process can be used.
The process utilizes a water-soluble film that contains the printed patterns. The film dissolves in the water and leaves the ink on the surface. In the typical process, the item to be printed is first coated with a primer or an adhesion promoter. After this dries, a base-coat paint is applied which controls the hue of the pattern. So, for instance, wood grain prints often utilize a brown base-coat and many camouflage patterns use a neutral base.
After the base-coat is applied, the item is ready for decorating. The film is activated. The item is then dipped into the water and the ink wraps around it seamlessly following every contour. It is then washed and protected with a clear topcoat.
Using only the highest quality professional grade automotive coatings, we at Vancouver 3D-Ink can provide our customers with the most durable finishes available. Unlike stickers/vinyl wraps that may peel and bubble over time, our printing process ensures an OEM fit and finish every time.
Our products have been carefully tested for chip resistance and for durability. Unlike vinyl wraps and stickers which peel over time and fade, our hydrographic imaging system is UV protected with automotive grade clear coat giving its lustre and long lasting finish.
To ensure that our products meet the highest quality standards our coatings are tested to manufacturers xenon arc ASTM G155A test standards, which is suitable for interior and exterior durability.
We carry hundreds of different patterns allowing you to customize to your personal style. Some of our most popular patterns include our carbon fiber prints, metals, camouflage, designer patterns and various wood patterns.