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POWDER COAT SYSTEM VS. HYDROGRAPHIC WATER DIPPING

Hydro Water Transfer Printing is a surface decoration technology that uses a specialized film printed with designs to decorate various components and materials through the medium of water.

HYDROGRAPHIC WATER DIPPING

POWDER COAT SYSTEM VS. HYDROGRAPHIC WATER DIPPING

Hydrographic Water Transfer Printing is a surface decoration technology that uses a specialized film printed with designs to decorate various components and materials through the medium of water.

HYDROGRAPHIC WATER DIPPING

A primary difference compared to hydrographic water dipping is that the hydrographic method is 5 to 10 times more expensive than your average powder coating cost. Hydrographic film is about $1.50-$2 psf, whereas Decoral film is about $.15-$0.90 psf. This is a major cost difference.

Hydrographic Water Transfer

Decorative Powder coating is the youngest of the surface finishing techniques in common use today, used first in the 1960’s. It has evolved into the most advanced, practical and cost-effective method of effectively decorating surfaces.

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For example, for faux wood grain, an automatic powder coating machine is utilized and offers the ability to embed the wood finish powder coating design on any material.

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Check out Decoral Systems’ turnkey plants for turnkey solutions to all your custom powder coating needs.

HYDROGRAPHIC WATER DIPPING

Primary Difference

A primary difference compared to hydro water transfer printing is that the hydrographic method is 5 to 10 times more expensive than your average powder coating cost. Hydrographic film is about $1.50-$2 psf, whereas Decoral film is about $.15-$0.90 psf. This is a major cost difference.

Decorative Powder coating is the youngest of the surface finishing techniques in common use today, used first in the 1960’s. It has evolved into the most advanced, practical and cost-effective method of effectively decorating surfaces.

 surface finishing techniques
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For example, for faux wood grain, an automatic powder coating machine is utilized and offers the ability to embed the wood finish powder coating design on any material.

Check out Decoral Systems’ turnkey plants for turnkey solutions to all your custom powder coating needs.

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Powder Coating Vs. Hydrographic Water Dipping

When it comes to transforming complex shaped surfaces into vibrant surfaces that stand out, two popular finishing methods stand out: powder coating and hydro water transfer printing.

But what sets these two finishing techniques apart, and how can you determine the right one for your needs? Let's explore the two popular finishing methods in detail to discover their primary differences and unique pros.

Powder Coating

Powder coating is a high-performance finishing technique that uses dry powder to coat various surfaces. The powder is applied electrostatically to the surface and then cured using heat. This results in extremely tough and durable surfaces.

The advantages of powder coating are numerous. Powder coating creates a tough protective layer that shields surfaces from the elements, making them resistant to chipping, scratching, and fading. Additionally, with a wide range of colors and finishes, powder coating allows almost unlimited customization options to cater to diverse styles.

And best of all? Powder coated surfaces are incredibly easy to maintain because they only require occasional cleaning with mild soap and water to keep them in tip-top condition. Plus, they produce little to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), so they won't harm your health or the environment.

Hydrographic Water Dipping

Hydrographic water dipping is a surface decoration technique that uses a water-based film to transfer designs onto objects. The object is immersed in water, and then a film with the desired design is floated on the water's surface. The object is then removed from the water, and the film sticks to the object's surface.

Hydrographic water dipping is particularly advantageous for creating unique patterns, textures, and images. It also offers almost unparalleled customization options, allowing you to imitate materials like wood, metal, and plastic with incredible precision.

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What's the Right Finishing Option for You?

 

Powder coating and hydrographic water dipping are both sophisticated techniques that offer unique ways to elevate the appearance and durability of various materials, including metal, plastic, and wood.

However, while each technique offers something unique, the right decorative coating option will ultimately depend on your specific needs, budget, and design preferences.

You might want to consider powder coating if:

  • You need surfaces that can withstand heavy use and exposure to the elements.
  • You require a variety of color options and finishes for your project.
  • You want a sleek, uniform look.

Conversely, you might want to consider hydrographic water dipping if:

  • You're looking to create one-of-a-kind patterns and textures.
  • Depth of detail is crucial to your project's aesthetic.
  • You want greater flexibility when it comes to customization.

Let Us Help You Choose the Right Decorative Coating Option

Are you ready to elevate the appearance of your items? Our team of professionals is highly experienced in both powder coating and hydrographic water dipping methods. From outdoor furniture to household decor, we have the expertise to bring your vision to reality.

Whether you want to go with powder coating or hydrographic water dipping, each technique has something different to offer. Still unsure which method is right for you? Contact us today to discuss your project and discover the best method for your budget, needs, and design preferences.

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