HYDRO GRAPHICS & DURACOATING
WHAT IS HYDRO GRAPHICS
Hydrographics or HydroGraphics, also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, hydro dipping or cubic printing, is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces. The hydrographic process can be used on metal, plastic, glass, hard woods, and various other materials.
The water transfer printing process is extensively used to decorate items that range from entire all-terrain vehicles and car dashboards, to small items like bike helmets or other automotive trim. Films 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 and can be painted using traditional techniques then the hydrographic printing process can be used.
In the process, the substrate piece to be printed is pre-treated and a base coat material is applied. A polyvinyl alcohol film is gravure-printed with the graphic image to be transferred, and is then floated on the surface of a vat of water.
An activator chemical is sprayed on the film to dissolve it into a liquid and activate a bonding agent. The piece is then lowered into the vat through the floating ink layer. The ink layer along with the polyvinyl alcohol backing then wraps around and adheres to the item. The adhesion is a result of the chemical components of the activator softening the base coat layer and allowing the ink to form a bond with it. One of the most common causes of a failure to achieve adhesion between the two layers is a poorly applied activator. This can be either too much activator being applied or too little.
All Hyrdo graphics are done on location at our Homer NY shop. See pricing and photos below. Turn around is 1 to 3 weeks.
WHAT IS DURACOAT
DuraCoat is a two part chemical coating (resin, not a paint), specifically manufactured for firearms. It can be applied to most surfaces (composite, metal, wood, etc.), and takes 2-3 weeks to fully cure. Baking does however, accelerate the process. DuraCoat is airbrush applied, but unlike many other coatings, it has the ability to overlay itself perfectly giving you the ability to create camouflages and custom art. Available in over 200 colors, DuraCoat is truly limitless. When prepared and sprayed properly, it will last several lifetimes. Do to its extreme resiliency, and the ability to achieve custom results, DuraCoat has been and continues to be a favorite firearm finish among Military, Law Enforcement, Sportsmen and Outdoorsmen around the world
We currently offer DuraCoat gun coating and firearm refinishing services on any and all applicable firearms and accessories at our gun shop. Our service includes complete dis-assembly, thorough degrease, media blasting, cleaning, and Parkerizing (if applicable). All parts are then coated to achieve desired results, baked, reassembled, and lubricated. Our typical turn around time is 1-2 weeks.
HYDRO GRAPHIC PRICING:
Prices are subject to change due to custom base paint costs.
Complete Handgun $100 - $125
Auto Slide $50
Magazine & Grips $15 - $25
NON-MILITARY RIFLES & SHOTGUNS
Complete Gun $175 - $225
One Piece Long Stock $95
Stock $65 Forearm $55
AR STYLE RIFLES
Complete Gun $225 - $250
Quad rail/forearm or Stock $55
Upper or Lower Receiver $45
Magazine or Grips $25
Small (Coyote, Beaver, etc.) $50
Medium (Deer, Bear, etc) $75
Large (Elk, Caribou, etc.) $110
If we have to clean add $60 - $75
We also do Hydro Graphics on Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, ATVs, Auto/Truck/SUV parts, Helmets, Bows & Crossbows and much more Price on Request.
Pricing can vary depending on your project. Contributing factors can be: size of project to be coated, amount of colors needed, amount of stenciling, and overall time needed for the project.
One Color $100 - $125
Two Color $150 - $175
Camo $175 - $225
Custom Art price on Request
FULL RIFLE OR SHOTGUN
One Color $175 - $200
Two Color $200 - $275
Camo $225 - $300
Custom Art Price on Request
STOCK & FOREGRIP or ACTION ONLY
One Color $125 - $175
Two Colors $150 - $225
Camo $175 - $250
Custom Art Price on Request
Two Color Duracoat
One Color Duracoat & Hyro Graphics
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