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What is HydraChrome

HydraChrome is a revolutionary new process that allows hydrographic printing over a SuperChrome® base - the results are stunning! The SuperChrome® product is simply the best chrome paint product on the market today.

What makes the HydraChrome process stand out from all its competitors is the HydraClear, which finishes the chrome base coat with negligible dye-back. Plus the addition of our technically advanced, patented bonding agent, HydraClear, allows hydrographic inks to be bonded to the SuperChrome® base coat.

The HydraClear can be tinted to achieve a desired candy-chrome colour effect. The process is finished with any high-quality gloss clear coat. The results simply need to be seen to be appreciated.

What is Hydro Graphics

The process known as hydrographics in North America, can also be known around the world as:

  • immersion printing
  • water transfer printing
  • water transfer imaging
  • cubic printing

It is a method of transferring an image, printed on a special hydrographic film, to a three dimensional object. The object can be made from various substrates, including:

  • metal
  • plastic
  • glass
  • hard woods
  • many other materials
  • ... and now, chrome

The hydrographic process is basically as follows:

  1. lightly scuff surface using 800-grit wet/dry sandpaper
  2. clean surface with tack cloth
  3. prime the surface, allow to dry
  4. apply a base coat, allow to dry
  5. use a professional hydrographic tank
  6. heat water to 30o C
  7. adjust boundaries to 3 to 4 inches larger than the film being used
  8. lay film down on surface of water,
  9. ensure no air bubbles get trapped under the film
  10. allow film to float 60 seconds
  11. spray on the activator chemical
  12. when inks begin to spread, slowly dip the substrate
  13. when dipping adjust angle so no flat surfaces touch the water
  14. once completely submerged, swish around to spread excess ink on surface
  15. remove substrate from water and rinse with clean water for 5 minutes
  16. allow to dry
  17. clear coat surface to protect the design

Contact us for more details on this exclusive print process.

If you have received a HydraChrome test kit
follow the instructions in the Application Guide

Application Guide for HydraChrome

SuperChrome Application Guide Girl

8 things you need to know before you start

  1. Always wear latex gloves while handling primed surface.
  2. Clean substrate with 60/40 distilled water/Isopropyl solution only & allow to dry thoroughly
  3. This is a specialty product - TEST A SMALL SAMPLE of each substrate before proceeding to avoid complications.
  4. Use a CLEAN professional paint booth for application
  5. Use spray gun nozzle size of 0.5mm, 0.8mm or 1.0mm
  6. Refer to each step for the proper air pressure
  7. Keep room temperature at a constant 70°F
  8. High humidity will slow curing times

Step#1 - Pre Priming

Note: This is the most critical stage!

Step 1a: Pre-sand substrate surfaces using standard bodywork techniques. *** Smoother finishes produce better results.***

Step 1b: Pre-prime substrate surfaces using urethane primer Important - Follow manufacturer's instructions for complete drying and finishing allowing all tail solvents to evaporate before proceeding with step #2.

Step#2 - SuperChrome Black Base Coat

Reduce SuperChrome Black Base Coat by 10%, Mix 2:1 with hardener.
Apply 1 medium wet slick coat, wait 10 to 15 minutes, then apply a second medium wet slick coat.

NOTE:Allow a minimum of 36 hours at 70°F for tail solvents to completely evaporate before proceeding.
Force Drying: Allow 2 hours tack dry at 70°F before proceeding to oven.
Metal: 3 to 4 hours at 140°F
Plastic: 3 to 4 hours at 120°F
In the event of any bacteria or contaminants present after the drying process, use scuff gel and scuff pad to lightly remove contaminates, then polish, and remove any excess with a 60% Distilled Water/40% Isopropyl solution.
It is not necessary to wet sand the complete surface.

Step#3 - Applying the Chrome

Important! Shake contents in SuperChrome 54X

Apply 2 or 3 coats of SuperChrome - lightly fog on from a distance of 10 inches using a tip size of 0.5mm, 0.8mm or 1.0mm at 24-40 PSI of pressure. You have it right if the SuperChrome flashes in 4 to 5 seconds. Do not apply too many layers of SuperChrome - it will dye back producing poor results.

Use a lint-free cloth or dry-tack cloth along with pressurized air to wipe away dust or over-spray between each coat. DO NOT USE wax based tack cloth.

Allow 5 to 10 minutes between coats to dry

Allow approximately 8 hours to dry at 70°F. Force Dry in oven:
Metal: 3 to 4 hours at 140°F
Plastic: 3 to 4 hours at 120°F

If SuperChrome does not flash to chrome within 4 to 5 seconds after each coat call for technical assistance.

Step#4 - SCMC Mid-clear

Apply one coat of SCMC Mid-Clear using a tip size of 0.5mm, 0.8mm or 1.0mm at 15 - 20 PSI of pressure. Allow approximately 8 hours to dry at 70°F. Air brushes have been used with great success in this step.


Step#5 - SC Mono Top Coat

Reduce SC Mono Top Coat 10%
Apply one coat of SC Mono Top Coat 1 over the SCMC Mid-Clear. The SC Mono Top Coat can tinted to achieve a candy-chrome effect.

Allow to dry for 8 hours at 70°F.
Force drying: Plastic: 2 to 3 hours at 120°F
Metal: 2 to 3 hours at 140°F

Use standard polishing techniques to increase brightness before dipping

Your substrate is now ready for hydrographing

What is HydraChrome
Chrome Based Hydrographics by Tsunami

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