How Does Hydrodipping Work on a Chemical Level?

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Offline CaptMoldman

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How Does Hydrodipping Work on a Chemical Level?
« on: 03/08/2016 17:36:21 »
My son is getting into cars and he recently shared with me some photos from a Tokyo Auto Show of a process called "hydrodipping". At first, I thought it was simply vinyl but it seems like it's more akin to a paint process using a chemical reaction to transfer a pattern onto a car part, like rims or a steering wheel. I'm still trying to figure it out myself so in case I didn't explain it properly, here's an article that somewhat details the process: [nofollow]

I think I grasp the mechanics of it but I was curious as to what actual chemical processes were happening to create the transfer. The point in the article to which I'm specifically referring: "An activating agent is then sprayed on the film’s surface that creates a chemical reaction transforming the graphic-emblazoned film into a liquid floating on the tank’s surface. This activator also releases a bonding agent that is crucial for the hydrodipping process." Any ideas?


Offline William McC

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Re: How Does Hydrodipping Work on a Chemical Level?
« Reply #1 on: 05/09/2016 03:08:19 »
They float a film pattern on the water, then apply an adhesive agent with aerosol spray, to bond that pattern to the part. Then they just dip the part.


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