Hydrographics is the method of applying water transfer printing ink designs to three dimensional surfaces, decorating and customising the item, with a special effects coating. If the item can be dipped in water, then it can be hydgrographed.

What is Hydrographics?

Hydrographics is a water transfer printing ink; it is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces. Graphics patterns are applied to decorate/ customise the object.

First choose your desired film from the Hydrographics Films Library, and then the object will be appropriately prepped & painted to your chosen base coat. After the base colour is applied, the item is ready for the water transfer printing process. The film is applied on the top of the water in a Hydrographics tank then an activator is applied to the film which dissolves and leaves the ink on the surface of the water. The item is then immersed into the water and the ink wraps around it. It is rinsed and protected with a clear topcoat to ensure a durable finish.

The ink from the Hydrographics film is very durable itself. However, a protective clear coat needs to be applied to protect items to ensure that they last.

What can be Hydro Graphed?

Hydrographics can be applied to all kind of materials including plastic, wood, fibreglass and metal. If the item can be dipped in water, then the item can be hydro graphed. The Hydrographics process is used to decorate/customize a variety of items, from bike fairings, car interiors to very small items like phone cases.


Purcell’s Engineering specialise in powder coating services, along with restoration, customising and industrial coatings, and sand blasting services.


Purcell’s Engineering is one of Central Queensland’s largest locally owned On-Site, Fabrication, Mechanical Project and Machining Workshops.

For further details contact Purcell’s on:

T: (07) 4978 0600 or alternatively,
E: email at info@purcells.com.au