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    Hydro Dipping G-Shocks (AKA Hydrographic Water Transfer)

    I've been doing a lot of research on "Hydro Dipping" AKA "Hydrographic Water Transfer) and it's pretty awesome if you do it right.

    I think most remember the Water Transfer Camo 5500's that were out there for a while and they looked OK, but not the best. From what I've read there's no reason that it can't be done BETTER. I had a few of those models and they looked good, but almost like whoever did them didn't put enough effort into them.

    So..... I've ordered all the supplies I need and I'm gonna give it a shot. I should have the stuff by Monday and I'll try it out on a few G's that I have (most likely my 7900's and a GA110 that I have).

    Granted, they won't look as good as the new Camo Series that's coming out, but that style and look is my motivation. I've ordered a "realtree" type camo as well as the Navy Digital camo (like my navy camo uniform), so those are the two I'll be working with.

    This could all go terribly wrong, but it's worth a shot! And if I can get it to work properly, the sky is the limit on what I'll be able to do to my G's.
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    Very interested to see the results. Good luck with it.

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    One day, I will do this too. It looks pretty cool, I will probably buy an old crap g-shock to do it to first so I can fail on that. But yes it does look cool and it's amazing that pouring liquid all over a watch module and battery doesnt destroy it!

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    Re: Hydro Dipping G-Shocks (AKA Hydrographic Water Transfer)

    strat, i think the op is talking about a printing process to make his watch camouflaged, your thinking of hydro modding which is filling the case with oil.
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    Re: Hydro Dipping G-Shocks (AKA Hydrographic Water Transfer)

    Quote Originally Posted by jer_ View Post
    strat, i think the op is talking about a printing process to make his watch camouflaged, your thinking of hydro modding which is filling the case with oil.
    Whoops! I obviously have never heard of that so no comment.

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    Re: Hydro Dipping G-Shocks (AKA Hydrographic Water Transfer)

    I am only aware of that printing process, I really have no idea how it works. I look forward to seeing discodave's results
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    Re: Hydro Dipping G-Shocks (AKA Hydrographic Water Transfer)

    The process isn't too hard.....

    1. First, you prepare the item being coated. In this case it's a G-Shock (strap and bezel) by painting a light primer.

    2. Take your design film and put it in a tub of water (not that simple, but that's the end result).

    3. Spray the film that's in the water with an "Activator" that causes it to separate and form a liquid design.

    4. Dip your item (not as simple as it sounds) carefully and slowly into the liquid until the item you've dipped is completely wrapped by the design.

    5. Pull it out and rinse with water, then let dry.

    6. Clear coat and let dry some more.

    That's it in a nutshell. I'll practice on some pieces of wood or something :)

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    Very interested to see the results. Good luck with it.
    Quote Originally Posted by stratg5 View Post
    One day, I will do this too. It looks pretty cool, I will probably buy an old crap g-shock to do it to first so I can fail on that. But yes it does look cool and it's amazing that pouring liquid all over a watch module and battery doesnt destroy it!
    Quote Originally Posted by jer_ View Post
    strat, i think the op is talking about a printing process to make his watch camouflaged, your thinking of hydro modding which is filling the case with oil.
    Quote Originally Posted by stratg5 View Post
    Whoops! I obviously have never heard of that so no comment.
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    Re: Hydro Dipping G-Shocks (AKA Hydrographic Water Transfer)

    Quote Originally Posted by kung-fusion View Post
    Very interested to see the results. Good luck with it.
    Quote Originally Posted by stratg5 View Post
    One day, I will do this too. It looks pretty cool, I will probably buy an old crap g-shock to do it to first so I can fail on that. But yes it does look cool and it's amazing that pouring liquid all over a watch module and battery doesnt destroy it!
    Quote Originally Posted by jer_ View Post
    strat, i think the op is talking about a printing process to make his watch camouflaged, your thinking of hydro modding which is filling the case with oil.
    Here's a video of a guy "hydro dipping" a fake arm. then you'll get the gist of it :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgEjrtBprlo

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    Re: Hydro Dipping G-Shocks (AKA Hydrographic Water Transfer)

    Also, what's very cool about this process is that it works on almost anything. In this case it's for G-Shocks, but the sky is the limit on what you can do with it. I've seen people do firearms, car parts, wheels, lamp shades, electrical outlet covers, you name it. It's VERY COOL.

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    Re: Hydro Dipping G-Shocks (AKA Hydrographic Water Transfer)

    Quote Originally Posted by discodave View Post
    The process isn't too hard.....

    1. First, you prepare the item being coated. In this case it's a G-Shock (strap and bezel) by painting a light primer.
    I got lost at the first step. What do you prime a resin bezel with, that will both stick to the bezel and remain flexible enough that it won't crack or lose adhesion under flex?

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