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Hydrographics/Hydrodipping?

Does anyone do their own hydrographics? I'd love to do my engine cover, coil covers, radiator cover etc.., but frankly I don't want to pay to have it done. There seem to be a lot of "kits" out there that you can buy to get you started on the net, but I thought I'd ask and see if anyone here has had any luck doing their own. Obviously things like the radiator cover are larger and would require more film and a bigger tank etc..

I currently don't have the ability to handle the clear coat process on my own, assuming I am successful at the dipping process. How hard is it to clearcoat items yourself? Are we talking a small air compressor and a paint sprayer, then loads of patience with sanding and finishing, or is it far more involved?

I guess what it comes down to is, if I could invest a few hundred bucks into doing it myself, I'd rather do that than be out a grand getting parts dipped and painted.

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I'm also curious about the DIY kits. Been thinking about dipping a gun or two.

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I was considering this for dash pieces. From my own research (google, youtube etc...) it looks like it takes a fair bit of practice to get confident with it. The film has a very specific soak time, then an activator is applied...not enough and it won't stick, to much and it's ruined.

It looks interesting and a big selection of cool graphics...personally I would have a shop do it or invest in a couple of kits and practice with other things before trying anything off the car. I just ended up painting my dash.


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Yeah I was thinking practice with some cheap throw away designs/films on random household objects to gain confidence. The kits aren't very expensive, so I figured having enough space to do coil covers etc., may not be too bad. I think I'm more worried about attempting to clearcoat stuff myself.

Love to hear feedback from anyone else who's tried!

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I'm also curious about the DIY kits. Been thinking about dipping a gun or two.
I don't like hydro-dipping because it stretches/warps to conform to the part being dipped. The selected graphic pattern is therefore distorted, sometimes significantly so. Painting you gun yourself is much cheaper, and you can do it at home with nothing more special than a light-duty hobby airbrush.

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