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Has anyone done any hydro printing? I was thinking since I'm going to dye my tank black that it would be cool to hydro print/hydro dip the fenders/shrouds/tank/etc. After I complete this process:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/527292-hollywoodmxs-dying-a-gas-tank-process-no-paint-required/

 

I think this would be sweet:

 

http://sincityhydrographics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Hydrographics-Dirt-Bike-Reaper.png

 

Anyone done this?

 

 

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A couple of threads exist on this. Search is your friend.

 

I will tell you that it requires experience to do it right ('the touch')and unless you are willing to suck up the expense of trial and error, it is not a do it yourself proposition. Would you paint a Ferrari with a spray can and masking tape or would you want a state of the art, dustless paint booth with an experience painter?

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A couple of threads exist on this. Search is your friend.

I will tell you that it requires experience to do it right ('the touch')and unless you are willing to suck up the expense of trial and error, it is not a do it yourself proposition. Would you paint a Ferrari with a spray can and masking tape or would you want a state of the art, dustless paint booth with an experience painter?

This is a little dramatic, he is talking about 100 dollar dirtbike plastics.

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Hydro dipping still isn't easy. It has to be done right or it will look choppy. You also have to do it at an angle so it gets in all the spaces.

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Thanks for the replies. I agree that it will be difficult and I will have to go through several sets of film before I have the touch right, consistency, angle, etc. As usual, the pros make it look easy. It will be a learning experience, but I don't think that it's any more difficult than the rest of the project though:

 

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1097241-89-rm-125/

 

The same can be said about the difficulty in retro-fitting 02+ parts on an 89 frame, but half the fun is making something out of a bike that would have rotted in a barn. Fitment of all the parts has to be exact or it will turn out like crap...and how about that expansion chamber... retro-fit the inlet from an 89 chamber on a 02+ chamber so that it routes under the shock reservoir instead of up by the seat? Fun!

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I tried a couple light switch covers to practice on and could not get it perfect after about 10 tries. It's hard to do with the stuff you have laying around the house. I'd imagine a plastic tank would not hold up anyways, as the gas fumes would eat the coating away rather quickly.

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I tried a couple light switch covers to practice on and could not get it perfect after about 10 tries. It's hard to do with the stuff you have laying around the house. I'd imagine a plastic tank would not hold up anyways, as the gas fumes would eat the coating away rather quickly.

 

Yeah, I'm sure it'll be a challenge. Should be fun to try though.

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A friend of mine had his engine cover hydro-dipped in his Mitsubishi Lancer. Here is a pick: http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/leprechaun1874/Lancer/null_zps447eddcf.jpg

 

The total cost was around $100-$125 for both pieces. I imagine it would cost a couple hundred dollars to hydro-dip all of the plastics on your dirt bike. 

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A friend of mine had his engine cover hydro-dipped in his Mitsubishi Lancer. Here is a pick: http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m151/leprechaun1874/Lancer/null_zps447eddcf.jpg

 

The total cost was around $100-$125 for both pieces. I imagine it would cost a couple hundred dollars to hydro-dip all of the plastics on your dirt bike. 

 

 

Heres a link to a friend of mine. He typically does automotive stuff but I would drop him a line if you're looking to get some dipping done.

https://m.facebook.com/gonzoincsoftware?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&_rdr

 

 

Thanks guys.. if only I lived in Raleigh still, it'd be a quick ship.

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My roommates do it. It has its place in certain applications, but for MX I think it looks like ass. Especially after you go down a time or two.

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My roommates do it. It has its place in certain applications, but for MX I think it looks like ass. Especially after you go down a time or two.

 

Good point. I was just trying to get the tank black, then thought I might to to the extreme and do something completely unique.

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