Looking for info/threads on hydro dipping
Google shows a few sites and threads but I was wondering if there are already any good threads about it. I was debating going with FDE furniture but ive already ordered black. After seeing a few pics of hydro dipped ARs I started to think that might be a good option for me. I was looking for some info on price and durability. Also I was hoping to find some good pics. Lastly, will it work well over black furniture or does it need a lighter color base?
It will work fine over black. They will first apply a primer base coat and then dip the item.
Color of the piece doesn't matter. As posted above, prep will change it with primer and base to whatever is needed by the film.
The biggest water transfer forum is http://www.liquidconcepts.com/phpBB3/ but tread lightly there. They are the pros and hate repetitive questions. ;) So do your searches.
As far as price, depending on the film, some places will do a hand gun for $80 (Slide and frame) and Rifles I've seen in the $250-350 range depending on number of pieces and pattern.
ETA: Forgot to address the question on durability. The film is a paint and turns back into liquid once applicator is applied. I dip a lot of stuff and in order to test just how durable the stuff is, I frequently show people the wooden stock of a toy rifle I did for my girlfriends 3 year old son. The wood is very soft and he slams it in doors, drags it around and absolutely TORTURES the thing. When I did it, I applied a layer of adhesion promoter, then a tan base in a few coats. Applied a woodland camo pattern and then 3 layers on clear on it.
The gun has dents, and the job has held and just sticks with the new curves and damage. He's dragged it on the drive way, and it doesn't look even noticable.
Basically what I'm trying to say is... It's still a paint so it CAN be scraped off or damaged. But once a proper clear coat is on there and cured, it's just as strong as lets say... car paint. If you treat it well it will last forever. If you beat it up, you'll notice eventually.