We start by placing the film on the water and make sure there are no air bubbles in the film. The PVA film hydrates or absorbs some water and turns into a rubbery substance, we then spray the activator over the film, watching to make sure it “wets” out. This is where the film is now completely liquid sitting on top of the water. Then we dip the object through the liquefied film. The next step is the rinse tank to rinse off the item with water to remove the excess PVA film residue from the object.
We can either air dry or use forced air to make it dry faster. After the item is dry, it is ready to topcoat with whatever level of gloss is wanted.
Depending on the item it might get 1, 2, or 3 coats of clear coat over it. If it’s a high gloss clear coat then the item will get wet sanded and buffed to a high gloss finish. If it’s a matte or a flat clear then it can not get wet sanded and buffed out because doing so would destroy that finish.
Hydrographics is as durable as your car’s finish. Like your car it can also get scratched, or gouged. It is not bulletproof, but it is more durable than a vinyl wrap.